WHO Collaborating Centre for clinical management of leishmaniasis (SPA-55)

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    Neglected tropical diseases. Leishmaniasis

    WHO designates new collaborating centre for clinical management of leishmaniasis.

    22 March 2021 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the Institution "National Reference Centre for Tropical Diseases, Department of Infectious Diseases, Ramón y Cajal University Hospital-IRYCIS, Spain" as a new (SPA-55) Collaborating Centre for "Clinical management of Leishmaniasis", effective for a period of four years.

    The Institution will be the fourth WHO collaborating Centre for leishmaniasis in the world and the second one in Spain.

    Ramón y Cajal University Hospital - IRYCIS

    The terms of reference of the Collaborating Centre are

    • To support WHO in the creation or update of clinical protocols on diagnosis and treatment of leishmaniasis that will be used by health workers to properly diagnose and treat the disease
    • To provide training to selected health personnel from endemic countries in the area of clinical case management (diagnosis and treatment):
    • To provide technical support to improve leishmaniasis surveillance at individual and subnational levels. WHO will use the summarized information to populate country profiles and the global leishmaniasis database

    The department of Control of NTDs at WHO headquarters has designated the Institution to formalize an ongoing collaboration for over 20 years in the area of clinical management of several forms of leishmaniases with focus on treatment of the visceral types.

    The institution has already contributed to the hosting of six WHO consultative meetings on Leishmania-HIV co-infection; to the facilitation of five WHO training workshops; and to the publication of eight WHO technical documents or manuals.

    In addition, Dr. López-Vélez is a member of the WHO expert panel in leishmaniasis since 2009; and Dr. Monge Maillo worked as consultant in leishmaniasis for WHO European Regional Office in 2019.

    From left to right: Dra. Belén Comeche, Dr. José Antonio Pérez Molina, Dra. Francesca Norman, Dra. Clara Crespill, Dr. Santiago Moren, Dr. Rogelio López-Vélez, Dra. Begoña Monge Maillo, Dra. María Dolores Corbacho, Dra. Sandra Chamorro

    For more information, please contact:

    National Reference Unit for Tropical Diseases
    Department of Infectious Diseases of Ramón y Cajal University Hospital
    IRYCIS (Ramón y Cajal Institute for Health Research)
    Ctra Colmenar, Km 9,100
    28034 Madrid, Spain

    Phone: +34913368108 / +34913368147
    E mail: leishcc_spain@irycis.org
    Website: irycis.org/en/leishmaniasiscc-spain/ 
    Heads of the collaborating centre:
    Dr Rogelio López-Vélez         rogelio.lopezvelez@salud.madrid.org
    Dr Begoña Monge Maillo       begona.monge@salud.madrid.org

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