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WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training for Nursing Development in Primary Health Care
In 1988, College of Nursing was designated by WHO as the collaborating centre for research and training for nursing development in primary health care in Korea. Since the designation, the Collaborating Centre has been the leader in global efforts of increasing nursing roles in primary health care services. The Collaborating Centre was elected as the Secretary General (Dr. Mo Im Kim) of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres of Nursing and Midwifery in 1994. As the Secretary General, the Collaborating Centre coordinated the activities of 28 WHO collaborating centres around the world for 4 years.
The Collaborating Centre coordinated in translating the teaching materials for the Acute Respiratory Diseases (ARDs) in six different languages and developed the website for health care workers: https://flucommunitycare.org. Currently, the Collaborating Centre is an active member of the core working group of the Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN). The Centre was the host of the 2011 annual APEDNN meeting. There were 60 delegates from 30 countries in Western Pacific region and Southeastern Asia region.
The Collaborating Centre has been re-designated by WHO till 2020 under the following Terms of Reference;
1. Support WHO in providing technical assistance to Member States for the integration of health workforce information with national health information systems.
2. Provide best-practice examples on the links between nursing education, regulation and continuous professional development.
3. To coordinate, conduct and participate in research relevant to health workforce development, including in PHC/community health services contexts.