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Ref.No. [Initiator]
NOR-15 [EURO]
Status
Discontinued
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference & Research on Meningococci

Director / Head: 
  Dr. Dominique A. CAUGANT
 




Institution:
  Division for Infectious Disease Control
  Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Address:
  P.O.box 4404 Nydalen - N-0403
  N-0403
 
Town:
  Oslo
Country:
  NORWAY
Region:
  EURO
Phone:
  (47) 2107 7000
Fax:
  (47) 2235 3605
Date of Designation:
  03/May/1991
Last Redesignation:
  01/Sep/2008
Date of Discontinuation:
  01/Sep/2012
Terms of Reference:
  1. 1. Monitoring of N. meningitidis strains from various geographical areas & epidemiological situations using the multilocus sequence typing (MLST) technique, as well as other systems for characterization. 
  2. 2. Collection & analysis of information on multilocus types (STs/ETs) & other characteristics of meningococci to be disseminated through WHO-HQ & WHO-RO to the interested countries by an annual report &, i needed, by other means & on other occasions. 
  3. 3. Responsibility for presenting, together with the other WHO Collaborating Centres for Reference & Research on Meningococci, an annual joint analysis of the meningococcal situation with conclusions & possibillities/problems for the future. 
  4. 4. Provision of reference strains, clinical isolates & other material (e.g. DNA) upon request for eligible parties like: The National Reference laboratories in the allocated countries; European & North American laboratories that are part of the Global Laboratory Network on Meningococcal Diseases. 
  5. 5. Production of material for transport (e.g. T-I medium) of clinical samples & isolates within & in between countires. Volumes & prices for this service is to be settled annually between WHO-HQ & the Collaborating Centre. 
  6. 6. Openness for request to strengthen diagnostic functions in other countries on the spot. 
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Subjects:
  1. Bacterial diseases other than those specifically mentioned 
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Types of activity:
  1. Collection and collation of information 
  2. Provision of reference substances and other services 
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WHO Outputs:
  Ower: 1.7 - Member States and the international community equipped to detect, assess, respond to and cope with major epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases (e.g. influenza, meningitis, yellow fever, haemorrhagic fevers, plague and smallpox) through the development and implementation of tools, methodologies, practices, networks and partnerships for prevention, detection, preparedness and intervention.
 
 
Responsible Officer:
  MERCER David John
Phone:
  +45 39171467
Email:
  mercerd@who.int

Technical Counterpart:
  BERTHERAT Eric Gerard Georges
Phone:
  +41 22 79 14608
Email:
  bertherate@who.int
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork