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Ref.No. [Initiator]
JPN-49 [WPRO]
Status
Active
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for Studies on the Health Effects of Mercury Compounds

Director / Head: 
  Dr Juichi Abe
  Dr Mineshi Sakamoto




Institution:
 
  National Institute for Minamata Disease
Address:
  4058-18 Hama
  867-0012
  Kumamoto
Town:
  Minamata
Country:
  JAPAN
Region:
  WPRO
Phone:
  (81-966) 63 3111
Fax:
  (81-966) 61 1145
Date of Designation:
  24/Sep/1986
Last Redesignation:
  09/Jan/2013
Expiry:
  09/Jan/2017
Terms of Reference:
  1. To serve as an information exchange center (at a global level) in relation to health, and environmental issues associated with mercury compounds, in general, and the Minamata experience, in particular. 
  2. To conduct training and awareness for the prevention, mitigation, research and risk assessment associated with environmental exposure to mercury compounds. 
  3. To provide technical advisory services in relation to mercury compounds, and other selected pollutants to WHO and its member states, as appropriate. 
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Subjects:
  1. Environmental health and hazards other than those specifically mentioned 
  2. Chemical safety 
  3. Health information; statistics; measurement & trend assessment 
Types of activity:
  1. Evaluation  
  2. Development and application of appropriate technology 
  3. Information dissemination 
WHO Outputs:
  Ower: 8.1 - Evidence-based assessments made, and norms and standards formulated and updated on major environmental hazards to health (e.g., poor air quality, chemical substances, electromagnetic fields, radon, poor-quality drinking-water and waste-water reuse)
  Ower: 8.2 - Technical support and guidance provided to Member States for the implementation of primary prevention interventions that reduce environmental hazards to health, enhance safety and promote public health, including in specific settings (e.g. workplaces, homes or urban settings) and among vulnerable population groups (e.g. children).
  Ower: 8.3 - Technical assistance and support provided to Member States for strengthening national occupational and environmental health risk management systems, functions and services.
Responsible Officer:
  HASSAN Mohd Nasir
Phone:
  +63 2 5289886
Email:
  hassanm@who.int

Technical Counterpart:
  VICKERS Carolyn
Phone:
  +41 22 79 11286
Email:
  vickersc@who.int
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork