Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Travellers' Health
Director / Head:
Prof. Christoph Hatz
Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of Communicable Disease
University of Zurich
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Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To undertake epidemiological monitoring / surveillance of travellers' health, particularly relating to
- emerging or remerging diseases,
- environmental factors,
- host factors
The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel acts as a branch of the Zurich site. This second centre of excellence provides a combined support (umbrella: University of Zurich) as WHO Collaborating Centre.
- To undertake studies on prophylactic and curative measures relating to the health of travellers, e.g influenza, malaria, rabies & japanese encephalitis, travellers' diarrhoea at the ZURICH site and BASEL branch and in destination countries.
- To collaborate particularly within the frame of the International Health Regulations in crises with implications to/by travellers' such as pandemic influenza, tuberculosis and emerging infections.
- To exchange information generated from surveillance on epidemics relevant to the health of travellers to determine individual and public health measures among international public health institutions and opinion leaders.
- To develop evidence based strategies to maintain travellers' health, among others based on an electronic data-base of 28,000 pre-travel consultations.
- To provide teaching and training in travel medicine and tropical diseases (pre- and post-travel)
- To explore "OneHealth" issues pertinent for travel medicine
- Tourist health & travel medicine
- Communicable diseases other than those specifically mentioned
Types of activity:
- Development and application of appropriate technology
- Coordination of activities carried out by several institutions (e.g. other WHO collaborating centres)
Ower: 1.4 - Policy and technical support provided to Member States in order to enhance their capacity to carry out surveillance and monitoring of all communicable diseases of public health importance.
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.
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork