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International Cooperation

On 16 December, Professor Inga Millere, Dean of the Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, and Assistant Professor Toms Pulmanis, Vice-Dean of the RSU Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, participated in a World Health Organization (WHO) seminar with its collaborating centres. The event was held online and brought together the leaders of WHO collaborating centres from around the world.


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, giving the opening speech of the seminar

The seminar was opened by the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. During the seminar, the priorities of the current WHO programme were raised, at the same time focusing on strengthening the role of the collaborating centres in raising and addressing public health and health care issues. Participants also discussed the latest developments, highlighted examples of good practice and offered a vision for future cooperation between WHO and its collaborating centres, which number around eight hundred worldwide.

Since 2018, the RSU Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare has been delegated to carry out the functions of a WHO collaborating centre in professional health care education. A collaborating center’s main activities are to support the development of professional health education and training, support the WHO in conducting research and producing evidence in professional health care education, to promote, raise awareness and disseminate WHO policy guidelines, documents and informative materials.