WHO Collaborating Centre
The Albion Centre has a longstanding history of cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO, within the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), is responsible for providing technical support for the health sector response to HIV/AIDS. To assist WHO in this role, various activities have been completed by the International Health Services of The Albion Centre including technical assistance consultancies, training manuals, guidelines and normative documents. These activities have been conducted in areas including, HIV testing and counselling, HIV care and antiretroviral therapy, home and community-based care, infection control and health care worker safety, men who have sex with men, and day care centre operations and volunteers.
In addition, the Centre hosts WHO Fellowships for health workers in the Region.
In recognition of this work and the Centre’s expertise, WHO designated The Albion Centre as a ‘WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Health Care Worker Training in HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Support’ in March 2006 and redesignated for a second term in 2010.
In 2014 Albion was again designated as a WHO CC according to the following terms of reference:
- To support WHO to inform and improve the HIV treatment cascade to enhance testing, links to prevention, care and retention in care.
- To support WHO to promote HIV testing and retesting of key populations, as part of the HIV treatment cascade, prevention and care continuum, and the development of related service delivery models that are inclusive of psychosocial care, and counselling and non-communicable disease prevention.
- To support WHO to disseminate, promote and assist in the implementation of tools and service delivery models for enhancing the HIV treatment cascade, with consideration of relevant non-HIV outcomes such as non-communicable diseases.
- To support WHO to promote and strengthen the HIV and Health Network.
Globally, Albion is one of only eight Collaborating Centres with a specific focus on the HIV epidemic. The activities undertaken by the Centre relate specifically to the agreed terms of reference.
For a detailed listing of WHO current and past activities please follow this link.