Title of the centre:
WHO collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings Medicine
Director / Head:
Dr Abdulaziz Binsaeed
Office of the Deputy Minister for Preventive Medicine
Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
Ministry of Health
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- Evidence-based knowledge managment: (1) Carry out and disseminate evidence-based research/in-depth analytical studies on mass gathering events, with focus on the Hajj; (2) establish a data base to study health events and monitor yearly progress with regard to Hajj; and (3) Assess and review performance of national, regional and international health systems and analyse public health measures for proven effectiveness in the context of mass gatherings. Collaborate and coordinate these activities, where apppropriate, with relevant international agencies and organizations.
- Research and publication: Develop and update mass gathering research, policies and measures; produce guidance materials; and share best practices/experiences with other international bodies/entities working on mass gathering health
- Establish a training programmes in mass gathering health and collaborate and coordinate training with relevant international agencies and organizations.
- 4. Advise and consult with the international community to enhance international cooperation and to strengthen and uphold national endeavours to develop mass gathering health plans, programmes and networks. Provide support, in collaboration with WHO's virtual interdisciplinary advisory group on mass gatherings (VIAG), for the development and maintenance of internationally-agreed, evidence-based guidance and standards for managing the public health impact of mass gatherings.
- Communicable diseases other than those specifically mentioned
- Health promotion & education
Types of activity:
- Providing technical advise to WHO
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Training and education
Ower: 1.6 - Support provided to Member States in order to achieve the minimum core capacities required by the International Health Regulations (2005) for the establishment and strengthening of alert and response systems for use in epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
Ower: 1.8 - Regional and global capacity coordinated and made rapidly available to Member States for detection, verification, risk assessment and response to epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
Ower: 6.1 - Advice and support provided to Member States to build their capacity for health promotion across all relevant programmes, and to establish effective multisectoral and multidisciplinary collaborations for promoting health and preventing or reducing major risk factors.
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork