Referent:  Marzia Lazzerini

Address: via dell'Istria, 118 – 34237 Trieste Italy
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Brief history

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health (WHO CC)  has been working in close collaboration with WHO since 1992. During these years it has technically assisted WHO and other United Nation agencies, such as UNICEF and UNFPA, in a number of projects, in collaborations with partners, such as Academia, centers of research, Ministries of health, governative and non-governative organizations.

The mains area of activity of the WHO CC are listed below.

  1. Technical support to WHO in the development of: guidelines, manuals and training packages, standards and indicators, tools – in particular tools for quality assessment- policies and strategies.
  2. Technical support to implementation of WHO recommendations and  programs at country level, in particular in low and middle income countries.
  3. Research in the field of maternal and child health, including health system research  



 WHO Guidelines

WHO Manuals

WHO Training Packages

WHO Quality Assessment Tools

WHO Indicators of quality of health care

Quality assessments

 Research projects

  • Improving the quality of care for children with acute malnutrition:  Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial in West Nile Region, Uganda.  Watch the VIDEO on YouTube
  • Improving the Quality of Paediatric Hospital Care in the Kyrgyz Republic by Introducing the WHO Guidelines: Cluster randomised Trial. Identifier: NCT02001116
  • Cluster Randomised Trial and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Improving the outcomes of children with acute malnutrition in West Nile Region, Uganda. Identifier: NCT3044548
  • Technical support in developing and field testing indicators of adherence to WHO guidelines of pediatric case management at hospital level  (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Kosovo, Ukraine) for Quality Assessment for WHO Regional Office for Europe Design, practical conduct, field testing  
  • Improving the quality  of care for children In Kosovo Region, in collaboration with  WHO Regional Office for Europe   
  • Knowledge to Action grants  to support adaptation and implementation of WHO maternal and perinatal guidelines in Sri Lanka 
  • Development and field testing of a checklist to assess the quality of facility-based individual case Near Miss Reviews in the WHO European Region. 
  • Systematic assessment of the quality of the facility based individual near miss case reviews in selected countries of the WHO European Region
  • Respectful maternity care.  Observational evaluation in service users and service provider, and  support for the implementation of good practices of care in Italy. 
  • Systematic reviews on the impact, facilitators and barriers to facility-based individual case Near-Miss Reviews   in low and middle-income countries: systematic review and meta-analysis.   Listen to podcats
  • Analysis of a 10 years retrospective dataset of hospitalised pneumonia in children in Malawi  – In collaboration with UCL CHID 
  • Digital radiology to Improve the Quality of Care in Countries with Limited Resources: A Feasibility Study in Angola.
  • Assessing the quality of the Nutritional service in West Nile Region, Uganda

Implementation guidance documents 

Policies development

Epidemiological reports for EU


  • Expert meeting to develop the new European Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) strategy. 28-29 April 2015, Trieste, Italy
  • Expert meeting on European Women’s Health report. 30 April 2015, Trieste, Italy
  • 11th Workshop and Congress of the International Network on Kangaroo Mother Care "Kangaroo Mother Care: 20 years later" - Trieste, Italy, 14-17 November 2016 International Network on Kangaroo Mother Care INK 
  • WHO Technical Consultation on strategies to improve the implementation of WHO recommendation of maternal health care in the European Region, 30-31 May 2019, Trieste, Italy.  LINK Info on the event; LINK pictures Photo credit: Alessandro Froio

Other activities

  • Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth in hospital

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