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20 May 2016

A centre for international public health based at the University of Leeds has been named as a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centre.

The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the School of Medicine, aims to help low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) achieve universal health coverage, by developing research in those countries which makes health systems more transparent and accountable.

Now, the University will support the WHO in delivering its objectives by making use of the Nuffield Centre’s expertise in health in LMICs.

The centre will be working with the WHO, ministries of health and health professionals, including postgraduate alumni, in countries to develop and strengthen healthcare systems through research.

The centre has already worked with colleagues in Sudan to assess the country’s health planning system, and has also done work in India to develop core competencies for public health training.

Professor Tim Ensor, director of the centre, said: “This is a fantastic acknowledgment of our expertise in healthcare systems in low- and middle-income countries.

“We look forward to working with the WHO to help achieve its goals and our staff will benefit greatly from working with them.” As well as aiming to make health systems more transparent and accountable, the Nuffield Centre will work with the WHO to make research a fundamental part of policy, and to understand the impact of planning processes on health system performance. The WHO, based in Geneva, is the public health agency of the United Nations. It was formally established in 1948.