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 in WHO 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).

Albion was successfully redesignated for a third term in 2014 for a further four-year period, with the following terms of reference:

  1. To support WHO to inform and improve the HIV treatment cascade to enhance testing, links to prevention, care and retention in care.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To support WHO to promote and strengthen the HIV and Health Network.

 

Past Projects include:

 

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/STI programmes 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 and procedures used to develop to a WHO HIV/AIDS Technical network.
  4. Prepared the 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.