Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference & Research on Meningococci
Director / Head:
Dr. Dominique A. CAUGANT
Division for Infectious Disease Control
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
P.O.box 4404 Nydalen - N-0403
(47) 2107 7000
(47) 2235 3605
Date of Designation:
Date of Discontinuation:
Terms of Reference:
- 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Openness for request to strengthen diagnostic functions in other countries on the spot.
- Bacterial diseases other than those specifically mentioned
Types of activity:
- Collection; collation and dissemination of information
- Provision of reference substances and other services
WHO organization wide expected result:
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.
MERCER David John
BERTHERAT Eric Gerard Georges
+41 22 79 14608
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork