Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health
Director / Head:
Dr Dr Barry Kistnasamy
Dr Singh Tanusha
National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH)
25 Hospital Street, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein
P.O. Box 4788 Johannesburg
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To establish a clearing house for occupational health information from the SADC Region (e.g. regulations for hazards control) and thus make solutions for better occupational health available. This is part of the NIOH's core function of regional outreach and capacity building.
This will contribute to GPA Objective 3 Priority 3.2 - Adapt and disseminate curricula, training materials, and training for international capacity building in OH.
Note: The Clearing House is not a separate entity; it is part of the NIOH Resource Centre and Information Services Division, and can be considered a specific library of OH&S information (technical, legal, etc), with a regional focus.
- To establish a network of professionals and agencies in Southern Africa and link this to a global network. This will contribute directly to GPA Objective 2 Priority 2.2 - Healthy Workplace programmes and guidance to inform country frameworks.
- To conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the NIOH and the WHO.
This is directly in line with GPA Objective 4 Priority 4.2 - Further develop the global research agenda for workers' health; as well as GPA Objective 4 Priority 4.1 - Encourage practical research on emerging issues, including nanomaterials and climate change.
- To contribute to professional training programmes in the SADC Region - directly in line with GPA Objective 3 Priority 3.2 - Adapt and disseminate curricula, training materials, and training for international capacity building in OH.
- To consult on issues in which the NIOH has developed some expertise e.g. disease surveillance. This is directly in line with GPA Objective 3 Priority 3.1 - Develop working methods, provide technical assistance to countries for organisation, delivery and evaluation of basic OH services, with particular focus on underserved populations and settings with constrained resources.
- Occupational health
Types of activity:
- Information dissemination
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
Ower: 8.3 - Technical assistance and support provided to Member States for strengthening national occupational and environmental health risk management systems, functions and services.
KORTUM Evelyn G.
+41 22 79 13531
BAGAYOKO Magaran Monzon
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork