Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health
Director / Head:
Prof Sudeshni Naidoo
Department of Oral Health
University of Western Cape
Private Bag X1, Tygerberg, Cape Town
Western Cape Province
(27-21) 937 3003
(27-21) 931 2287
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To contribute to the WHO work by carrying out operational research to generate evidence for the relationship between oral diseases and other NCDs and to demonstrate the public health impact, cost-effectiveness and feasibility of interventions
- To support the WHO’s initiatives to increase emphasis on integrated prevention and treatment of oral diseases with NCDs and in the context of health professional training curricula at all levels.
- To contribute to research and support WHOs initiatives related to the development, production, and distribution of affordable quality oral hygiene products (including low cost fluoride toothpastes) as well as of a quality dental filling material that is affordable, safe, and environmentally-friendly.
- To support WHO’s work by ongoing research and surveillance on oral lesions of high morbidity and mortality like NOMA, Burkitt’s lymphoma andHIV.
- With these terms of reference, the UWC WHO CC will provide expertise and specialised training to the WHO and countries in the African region to support development and implementation of national oral health epidemiological surveys upon request.
- Oral health
- Informatics and Telemedicine
Types of activity:
- Training and education
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
Ower: 3.2 - Guidance and support provided to Member States for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and regulations in respect of chronic noncommunicable diseases, mental and neurological disorders, violence, injuries and disabilities together with visual impairment, including blindness.
Ower: 3.3 - Improvements made in Member States’ capacity to collect, analyse, disseminate and use data on the magnitude, causes and consequences of chronic noncommunicable diseases, mental and neurological disorders, violence, injuries and disabilities together with visual impairment, including blindness.
Ower: 3.4 - Improved evidence compiled by WHO on the cost-effectiveness of interventions to tackle chronic noncommunicable diseases, mental and neurological and substance-use disorders, violence, injuries and disabilities together with visual impairment, including blindness.
+41 22 791 1014
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork