Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
Director / Head:
Dr. Pierre Rollin
Dr. Stuart Nichol
Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB), Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP), National Center for Emerging Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road, NE, MS A-26
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To cooperate with WHO in its function of alert and response to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens of international importance, including outbreaks of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and novel and emerging infectious diseases.
- Support WHO in the early diagnosis, rapid identification and characterization of high risk pathogens specimens submitted through WHO, keeping the results confidential, if so required.
- During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, to assist with epidemiological surveys carried out under the responsibility of WHO by providing personnel and/or equipment when possible
- During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, to provide onsite laboratory diagnostic support with staff and equipment when possible.
- Provide technical support to the national laboratories involved in epidemiological and laboratory investigations during Emerging Infectious Diseases outbreak responses.
- To inform WHO of any epidemiological or laboratory finding that would be in conjunction with a risk of transmission of a severe disease of international concern : Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and novel and emerging infectious diseases.
- Viral hemorrhagic fevers
- Viral diseases other than those specifically mentioned
- Safety measures in microbiology
Types of activity:
- Outbreaks and emergencies
- Provision of reference substances and other services
- Providing technical advise to WHO
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: 1.7 - Member States and the international community equipped to detect, assess, respond to and cope with major epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases (e.g. influenza, meningitis, yellow fever, haemorrhagic fevers, plague and smallpox) through the development and implementation of tools, methodologies, practices, networks and partnerships for prevention, detection, preparedness and intervention.
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.
FORMENTY Pierre B.H.
+41 22 791 2550
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork