How we collaborate

How we collaborate

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Working together for the good of all people, everywhere

Collaboration is at the heart of all we do. Every day we connect nations, partners and experts so that we can go further, together. Our partners help support WHO’s scientific work and field programmes, contribute funding and resources, engage in our campaigns and programmes and join us in advocacy to bring policy and behaviour change for better health.

Partnerships help us to deliver life-saving vaccines and supplies, raise funds for the Triple Billion Targets, establish consensus among leading scientists and much more. From world leaders to international organizations, civil society, foundations, researchers and health workers, we mobilize every part of society to achieve health and safety for all.


Why we collaborate

Our health goals require strong support from experts around the world. WHO currently works with 5 hosted partnerships, more than 100 collaborative arrangements and over 800 collaborating centres. These collaborations are the best way to extend the reach of our programmes, learn from the knowledge and expertise of those in the field and support the objectives of national health systems.

We believe improving health care is a global effort, and we are proud to work with a network of collaborators in over 80 countries. Together, we can improve the health and well-being of everyone.


Who we work with

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres.

United Nations and multilateral organizations

As the only UN agency dedicated to global health, WHO works to harness global knowledge and resources to help Member States improve health for all.

Delegate at their seats during the Second Plenary meeting at the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly.

Governments and leaders

Every part of WHO’s work involves strong collaboration with government leaders. Political will and leadership are essential agents of change to improve the health and well-being of everyone, everywhere.


WHO brings together individual experts to provide scientific, technical and strategic advice on specific health issues. These experts act in a personal capacity and do not represent any external entity, authority or government.

Non-State actors

WHO collaborates with non-governmental and private sector organizations, philanthropic foundations, academic institutions and other non-State actors. More than 800 collaborating centres support WHO on issues such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition and more.

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Multisectoral collaboration

WHO works with various partners in multiple informal and formal cooperative arrangements to achieve the Organization's health objectives jointly.

Goodwill Ambassadors, Envoys and other advocates

Ambassadors are well-known personalities from the worlds of arts, literature, entertainment, sport or other fields of public life who commit to contribute to WHO's efforts to raise awareness of important health problems and solutions. The Director-General appoints Special Envoys to provide strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement.