WHO Collaborating Center for Research in Maternal and Perinatal Health

October 04, 2019:

Congratulations to the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belagavi on their designation as a “WHO Collaborating Center for Research in Maternal and Perinatal Health” for a period of four years effective from September 16, 2019 with the following ”Terms of Reference”:


1. In alignment with WHO goals, to provide capacity building through Research Methodology Workshops at country level.

2. To participate in collaborative research in the area of Maternal and Newborn Health developed under WHO's leadership.

3. As agreed with WHO, disseminate and scale up evidence based interventions in the area of Maternal and Newborn



The center will work in the subject areas of: 1. Reproductive health (excluding HIV/AIDS); 2. Health promotion & education; AND 3. Child & maternal health. The types of activity to be conducted by the center are: 1. Research; 2. Information dissemination; AND 3. Training and education


It may be noted that globally there are 825 WHO Collaborating Centers, of which currently India has 56 active Centers. Among the 56 currently active Indian WHO CCs, ours is one of ONLY seven in the private sector (others being - Dr Mohan's Diabetes Hospital, Chennai; LV Prasad Hospital, Hyderabad; CMC, Vellore; SRM, Chennai; and Arvind Hospital, Madurai). In Karnataka we are the only private sector among FOUR WHO CCs.


Sincere thanks to Dr Prabhakar Kore, Hon’ble Chancellor and Chairman of KLE Society, and the entire KLE Leadership, all our collaborators in India and abroad, funding agencies, my colleagues in the JNMC Research Unit, and above all, the field research staff who have toiled 24x7 for the last 19 years for implementing various research protocols.


Special thanks are due to Ms Mariana Widmer from WHO for guiding us through the designation process.


Posted By: Lori Schwarze BBA
Last Updated: 10/4/2019 2:12 PM

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