Global Assignment: World Health Organization Headquarters

The Albion International was designated a ‘WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Health Care Worker Training in HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Support’ in March 2006. Collaborating centres have been in place inWHO since the founding of the Organization in 1948. They are defined as “An institution designated by the Director-General to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the Organization’s
programmes at all levels” (WHO, 2009).

The Centre was successfully redesignated in March 2010 for a further four-year period.

The activities undertaken by Albion International relate specifically to the agreed terms of reference and include technical assistance, mentoring programs, and the development and implementation of tools and quality assurance projects to refine the delivery of optimum care, treatment and support services.

A current focus of the Collaborating Centre is to collaborate with the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) as key facilitator for the ‘WHO Network for HIV and Health in the Western Pacific Region’. This Network is the basis of a model being explored by Headquarters for the establishment of WHO HIV/AIDS Regional Technical Support Networks to enhance the health sector response to HIV/AIDS.

  • Consultation on the Development of Regional Networks of World Health Organization Collaborating Centres, Knowledge Hubs and Technical Partners on HIV/AIDS (2009)

KEY FOCUS: Preparation of Global Database

Project Coordinator: Albion International

Donor: World Health Organization

Albion International was engaged to create an operational framework for developing WHO regional networks for providing ongoing technical support to countries for the health sector response to HIV/AIDS. In order to achieve this Albion International:

  1. Prepared and reviewed a comprehensive Global Database including:
    1. WHO collaborating centres (CC) currently working in the area of HIV/AIDS;
    2. Current WHO collaborating centres with the potential to work in the area of HIV/AIDS;
    3. WHO Knowledge Hubs (KH);
    4. Technical partners in HIV/AIDS with a good record of collaboration in the implementation of WHO’s HIV/AIDS/STIprogrammes and potential institutions for future engagements.
  2. Supported Operational and Technical Support in preparing summaries of the database to be shared with WHO Regional Offices.
  3. Drafted short summaries of the methodology used to select collaborating centres and institutions and of tools andprocedures used to develop to a WHO HIV/AIDS Technical network.
  4. Preparedthe background technical materials and report of the consultation.
  • Joint WHO/International Labour Organization (ILO) Guidelines on Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to Prevent HIV Infection (September 2005 – June 2006)

KEY FOCUS: Post exposure prophylaxis

Project Coordinator: Albion International

Donor: World Health Organization and International Labour Organization

Participation in expert working group and preparation and co-authorship of published guidelines on post exposure prophylaxis for WHO and International Labour Organization.