Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Campylobacter
Director / Head:
Prof. dr. Jaap A. WAGENAAR
Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Utrecht
P.O. Box 80.165
(31-30) 253 4376
(31-30) 253 3199
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To support WHO's efforts to build the capacity of Member States to develop (integrated) surveillance, attribute human illness to specific sources and develop intervention strategies to prevent and control human campylobacteriosis.
- To organize scientific meetings, educational activities, individual and group training, on laboratory techniques, the development and implementation of prevention and intervention strategies, and on antimicrobial resistance (in collaboration with WHO CC for Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens (DEN-52)).
- To develop new techniques and improved tools for Campylobacter isolation, identification and typing which can be used to support surveillance, attribution and intervention studies.
- To compile and disseminate state-of-the-art information for WHO and member states on surveillance, laboratory techniques, susceptibility and strategies to prevent and control human campylobacteriosis.
- To provide reference services for Member States for isolation, identification, typing and susceptibility testing of Campylobacter from a variety of matrices for veterinary, food and public health laboratories and to provide expertise to WHO and member states about the epidemiological relevance of the results.
- To act as mentor/coach in longstanding (collaborative) projects with specific countries to build capacity and support the development of regional and country specific strategies to prevent and control human campylobacteriosis.
- Food safety
Types of activity:
- Provision of reference substances and other services
- Coordination of activities carried out by several institutions (e.g. other WHO collaborating centres)
Ower: 9.5 - Systems for surveillance, prevention and control of zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases strengthened; food-hazard monitoring and evaluation programmes established and integrated into existing national surveillance systems, and results disseminated to all key players.
Ower: 9.6 - Capacity built and support provided to Member States, including their participation in international standard-setting in order to increase their ability to assess risk in the areas of zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases and food safety, and to develop and implement national food-control systems, with links to international emergency systems.
CAWTHORNE Amy Louise
+41 22 79 11963
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork