About the WHOCC for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases

WHO Collaborating Centres

WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs) are a highly-valued mechanism of cooperation in which relevant institutions are designated by WHO to support the Organisation's planned strategic objectives at regional and global levels; enhancing the scientific validity of its global health work; as well as developing and strengthening institutional capacity in countries and regions.

James Cook University is proud to host two WHOCCs:

  • WHOCC for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (WHOCC No. AUS-131), established in 2017
  • WHOCC for Nursing and Midwifery Research Education and Research Capacity Building (WHOCC No. AUS-98), established in 2010

JCU WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases

Our WHO Collaborating Centre works with partners and other organisations to support the control of vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases.

Terms of Reference for the Centre are to:

  • Support WHO capacity building priorities (including clinical, public health and social sciences) for effective control of vector-borne diseases (VBD) and neglected tropical diseases (NTD).
  • Support the scale up and evaluation of WHO recommended vector control methods and other NTD control and elimination strategies.
  • Develop innovative and sustainable NTD surveillance strategies, particularly post-elimination surveillance according to WHO priorities.
  • Demonstrate sustainable early detection, prevention and management of lymphatic filariasis-related morbidity through integrated service delivery with other primary healthcare interventions according to WHO priorities.
  • Participate in collaborative operational research under WHO's leadership, including early detection, prevention and management of chronic morbidities and effective tools for vector control.