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A virtual workshop of World Health Organization Collaborating Centers (WHO CC) was held on the 16th of December, 2020

A virtual workshop of World Health Organization Collaborating Centers (WHO CC) was held on the 16th of December, 2020

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivered a welcoming introduction. In his speech, he noted that WHO often needs expert advice in many areas and WHO CC have been reliable partners of WHO for multiple years. The starting point of the history of the WHO CC network is the League of Nations international organization which engages worldwide institutions to face challenges.

WHO CC are involved in a series of activities, including data collection and the development of various guidelines.

WHO CC are support institutions around the world with the relevant expertise. The COVID-19 pandemic has once displayed WHO CC are valuable resources of the expanded WHO's community to carry out the entrusted work. Nowadays, there are more than 900 WHO CC around the world and their number continues to grow.

WHO senior executives, directors and representatives of the regional offices have delivered their speeches during the meeting, include:

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist;
Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme;
Dr. Fethiye Gülin Gedik, Coordinator Health Workforce Development;
Dr. Robb Butler, Executive Director of the Office of the Regional Director of the Regional Office for Europe;
Dr. Graham Harrison, Representative of the Western Pacific Regional Office;
Dr. Tasnim Azim, Regional Adviser to the South-East Asia Regional Office;
Dr. Joseph Waogodo Cabore, Director of Program Management, Regional Office Africa;
Dr. Jabras Barbossa, Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization;
Dr. Kitty Van Riesenbeck, Director, Antibacterial Resistance.

The speakers shared their experience of engaging the WHO CC network to develop and implement measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

The WHO Moscow CC for the Treatment and Diagnosis of Human Radiation Injuries on the basis of the SRC – FMBC is one of the 17 WHO CC under the REMPAN program, which has the greatest experience and leading positions in radiation medicine. The SRC – FMBC – WHO Moscow Collaborating Center core activities:
1) Emergency Response and preparedness to provide medical and dosimetric care in the case of radiation accidents
2) Medical care of radiation injury
3) Training of medical personnel in the field of radiation accidents
4) Dissemination of knowledge in the field of diagnosis, treatment and consequences of radiation injuries

WHO CC staff participates in programs such as: BIODOZNET, JOINT EXERCISE ON EMERGENCY RADIONUCLIDE BIOASSAY and RENEB. International undertakings are held annually in cooperation with WHO REMPAN. 4 seminars for doctors of the European Union were held together with the Clinic of the University of Würzburg (Germany). The Russian and English versions of the world's only Atlas «Acute Human Radiation Sickness» were released in 2019. They contain unique data on the clinical, dosimetric pictures of more than 150 people with acute radiation injuries.

In the past 15 years, specialists of the WHO CC have trained more than 300 doctors and medical physicists for the treatment and diagnosis of radiation injuries, including countries such as South Korea, Iran, Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Bulgaria. During the COVID - 19 pandemic, the WHO Moscow Collaborating Center with the participation of the Gamalea Center, determined the lethal dose of gamma radiation for coronavirus to be 9 000 – 15 000 Gray, developed the technology of radiation sterilization of workwear used during working with coronavirus infection for the purpose of reusing it.

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