International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH)
The World Health Organization designated the International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), at the Department of Women's and Children's Health at Uppsala University as a WHO Collaborating Center on Migration and Health Data and Evidence. The designation as WHO Collaborating Centre is effective for a period of four years, starting from 16, September 2021 and will automatically end on 16, September 2025 unless a re-designation is approved by WHO before that date.
Activities that will be carried out as WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO CC)
- To support the WHO with the development and synthesis of regional questionnaires and progress reports on refugee and migrant health.
- At the request of the WHO, collaborate and inform development of technical guidance on the inclusion of refugees and migrants in selected areas of health policies and initiatives.
- Support the WHO in capacity building exercises for healthcare professionals and other stakeholders through development and training activities in refugee and migrant health.
- Assist WHO with the production of the Global report on the health of refugees and migrants by providing assistance for WHO regional offices in collecting, compiling and analysing regional level data on refugee and migrant health and support the production of regional reviews.
- Health information; statistics; measurement & trend assessment
- Health promotion & education
- Social Determinants of health
Types of activity:
- Collection and collation of information
- Product development (guidance; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Training and education
Further details are available on the WHO Collaborating Centres global database.
Workshops in Uppsala
To address the severe health impacts of immigration detention, WHO/Europe, together with its Collaborating Centre on Migration and Health Data and Evidence at Uppsala University, held a 2-day in-person training course in May at Uppsala University.
Launch of the IMCH and WHO collaboration
On May 13th, 2022 the official ceremony to celebrate the launch of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Migration and Health Data and Evidence at Uppsala University to place.
Sweden’s first WHO Collaborating Centre for Migration and Health
International maternal and child health at Uppsala University’s Department of Women's and Children's Health has been appointed as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Migration and Health – the first Swedish institution and fourth worldwide in this category.
Sveriges första WHO-center för migration och hälsa (only in Swedish)
Heads of the Centre
- Soorej Jose PUTHOOPPARAMBIL
Senior Lecturer at Department of Women's and Children's Health
- Inger Sundström POROMAA
Professor and Head of Department of Women's and Children's Health
- Elisabeth WAAGENSEN
Technical Officer, Migration and Health programme
Division of Country Support and Emergency Preparedness and Response, WHO Regional Office for Europe
- Santino SEVERONI
Director Health and Migration Program (PHM)-Office of the Deputy Director-General, World Health Organization