The first meeting of WHO Collaborating Centers in Iran
The first meeting of WHO Collaborating Centers (WHO CCs), chaired by Dr. Malek Zadeh, Deputy Minister for Research and Technology was held on Tuesday, 10th of June, 2014 with the presence of the directors of WHO CCs in Iran.
The first meeting of WHO
Collaborating Centers (WHO CCs), chaired by Dr. Malek Zadeh, Deputy Minister for
Research and Technology was held on Tuesday, 10th of June, 2014 with the
presence of the directors of WHO CCs in Iran.
IBTO (High Institute of
Research & Education in Transfusion Medicine) was designated as WHO
Collaborating Center for a period of four years started from 1 September 2013.
During the period of designation, IBTO will contribute to the implementation of
WHO policies and guidelines on blood safety in the region and support WHO
policies and objectives by organizing and holding training courses, workshops
and conferences for other countries in the region.
Representing WHO CC
for Research & Training on Blood Safety, Dr. Fariba Seighali, reported
related activities and highlighted existing challenges. “Lack of centralized
blood transfusion services in other countries in the region is the main obstacle
to connect with responsible officers”; she mentioned.
It was also
suggested that WHO could act as an active link between other WHOCCs working in
the same field in EMR and other regions. “This will provide a platform for all
WHOCCS to exchange their ideas and related experiences.” She added.
main objectives of the meeting were to outline the general rules and policies
for WHO CCs, clarify responsibilities and the contribution of the WHO CCs to
WHO’s agenda, exchange current practices and common challenges and plan for
improving performance of WHO CCs and their alignment with WHO’s regional and
global priorities and needs.
It is worth mentioning that over a quarter (28%)
of the WHO CCs in the Region are located in Iran. These centers of excellence
contribute to various dimensions of WHO work.