Re-designation of IBTO as WHO Collaborating Center for 2017-2021
2014-06-16
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.

The 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.