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SWI-48 [Headquarters]
Status
Active
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for Travellers' Health

Director / Head: 
  Dr Jan Fehr
  Dr Patricia Schlagenhauf




Institution:
  Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI), Department of Public Health, Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases
  University of Zurich
Address:
  Hirschengraben 84
  CH -8001
 
Town:
  Zürich
Country:
  SWITZERLAND
Region:
  EURO
Phone:
  +41 (0)44 634 46 79
Fax:
  +41 (0)44 634 49 84
Date of Designation:
  06/Sep/1995
Last Redesignation:
  25/Jan/2018
Expiry:
  25/Jan/2022
Terms of Reference:
  1. To undertake epidemiological monitoring / surveillance of travellers' health and illness, particularly relating to infections acquired during travel or migration. Approaches include - surveillance of travellers and migrants in a global health context - „Big Data“ approaches such as ITIT (Illness Tracking in Travellers) - surveillance using biological samples - E-Health surveillance of travel health risks by destination „Tourist“ studies  
  2. To undertake studies on prophylactic and preventative measures relating to the health of travellers including research on vaccinations (travel specific and routine), travel medications such as antimalarials and anti-diarrhoeals, and personal protective measures such as mosquito bite repellents. This goal also includes research on traveller behaviour, knowledge attitudes and practices and the evaluation of new approaches to protect travellers’ health. 
  3. To collaborate within the framework of the International Health Regulations in crises with implications for travellers' such as pandemic influenza, arthropod-borne infections and emerging threats and infections such as Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) tuberculosis and malaria. 
  4. To facilitate exchange of information generated from traveller health surveillance and to generate publications and position papers on travel medicine topics. To interact and collaborate with other WHO Collaborating Centres. 
  5. To develop evidence based strategies to maintain travellers' health in the framework of „systematic reviews“. This goal also encompasses evidence synthesis using databases on illness in returned travellers (such as GeoSentinel and ITIT ) and databases of pre-travel consultations to fomulate travel health recommendations for risk groups such as the young, the elderly and the immunocompromised. 
  6. To provide teaching and training in travel medicine and global health 
  7. To explore "OneHealth" issues pertinent for travel medicine including travel-related, emerging, zoonotic infections 
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Subjects:
  1. Tourist health & travel medicine 
  2. Communicable diseases other than those specifically mentioned 
  3. Vaccines 
Types of activity:
  1. Development and application of appropriate technology 
  2. Coordination of activities carried out by several institutions (e.g. other WHO collaborating centres) 
  3. Research 
WHO Outputs:
  5.1.1 - Implementation and monitoring of the International Health Regulations (2005) at country level and training and advice for Member States in further developing and making use of core capacities required under the Regulations
  5.1.2 - Standing capacity to provide evidence-based and timely policy guidance, risk assessment, information management, response and communications for all acute public health emergencies of potential international concern
 
Responsible Officer:
  DOLEA Carmen Mihaela
Phone:
  +41 22 791 4540
Email:
  doleac@who.int

Technical Counterpart:
  ESENAMANOV Vasily
Phone:
  +4545336616
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork