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The Granada-based institution will work with WHO for four years in the generation, management and dissemination of knowledge to improve health systems and the health of populations.

Granada, 14/11 / 2013.- The Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP), autonomous body of the Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policies of the Junta de Andalucía, has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Collaborating Center in Integrated Health Systems based on Primary Care for the period 2013-2017. This recognition is the culmination of a work of more than three years in which the institution based in Granada has been working with the WHO to prepare this nomination process.

WHO collaborating centers in Europe and the rest of the world are institutions recognized by this organization as international reference points in the subject matter of the nomination. Its mission is to collaborate with WHO in the generation, management and dissemination of knowledge and intelligence that can serve in other countries and realities to improve health systems and the health of populations.

The Work Plan agreed between the EASP and WHO for the next four years (2013-2017) includes the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of the current crisis on the health of people and health systems. Under the agreement, the EASP will launch next week a web resource center with all the evidence available at European level on the impact of the crisis on community health and healthcare systems in Spain and Europe.

Professional exchange networks and communities of practice

Likewise, the Andalusian Institution will develop shared intelligence on health systems and possible future scenarios in the perspective of the strategy of the WHO and the European Union Health 2020. In addition, the EASP will carry out in collaboration with the WHO in the coming years networks of professional exchanges and communities of practice, based on the experience already developed by the EASP in recent the Americas region in Primary Care.

The nomination of the Andalusian Institution based in Granada as a collaborating center of the WHO comes to recognize the trajectory of the EASP since its creation and in particular the work carried out in recent years. And it is a relevant news not only for the institution but also for the whole of the Public Health System of Andalusia. It constitutes not only a challenge and a responsibility, but also one more incentive to continue working for a public health system of quality for Andalusia, Spain and globally.