World Health Organization Collaborating Centres in Nepal

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World Health Organization Collaborating Centres

World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization’s programmes. Currently, there are over 800 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.


There are only two institutions recognized as WHO Collaborating Centres in Nepal.

1. SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre

2. Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology

WHO collaboration centre

WHO collaborating centre for Ophthalmology

Institution: Tilganga Eye Hospital, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
Address: Tilganga Marg, 44600, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date of Designation:10/Jun/2019
Last Redesignation:  10/Jun/2019
Expiry:  10/Jun/2023


Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, formerly called the Tilganga Eye Centre, in Nepal is the implementing body of the Nepal Eye Program, a non-profit, community based, non-government organization launched in 1992.

Terms of Reference:

  • Assist WHO with building capacity of ophthalmologists, allied and mid-level Ophthalmic personnel and managers.
  • Under WHO’s leadership, participate in research such as the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) to develop intervention programmes for control of blindness and to monitor and design existing blindness control programmes.
  • Support WHO in the implementation of prevention of blindness activities


  • Disabilities and rehabilitation (excluding accident prevention)
  • Prevention of blindness
  • Ageing

Types of activites

  • Training and education
  • Providing technical advice to WHO
  • Research

WHO Collaborating Centre for TB and TB/HIV Research and Training


Institution: SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre

  • Address: Thimi, Bhaktapur G.P.O. Postal Code 44600, Nepal
  • Date of Designation:  13/Mar/2002
  • Last Redesignation: 03/Jul/2018
  • Expiry:  03/Jul/2022

Terms of Reference:

  • Training and knowledge dissemination on TB & HIV and laboratory
  • Technical support for operational research on TB/HIV, surveillance and cross border issues.
  • Provision of technical support to countries for the implementation of TB and HIV control activities



  • Tuberculosis

Types of activity

  • Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
  • Research
  • Training and education
Source: WHO
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