The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization (WHO) has named the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health a Collaborating Center for Research and Policy Guidance in Humanitarian Health Assistance. Since its founding in 1998, the Center has devoted its resources to saving lives and reducing human suffering and other consequences of humanitarian emergencies and disasters. It is headquartered in the department of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The Center becomes the first PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center in North America to focus on humanitarian health assistance research and policy. It joins a network of over 700 centers in more than 80 countries that work with PAHO/WHO on areas such as communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.
“This collaboration will allow the Center for Humanitarian Health to have a strong link with PAHO/WHO and stay engaged with operational partners in humanitarian emergencies,” says Dr. Paul Spiegel, director of the Center and a professor of the practice in international health at the Bloomberg School. “Such an engagement will allow us to ensure our teaching and research remains relevant to the field.”