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World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centers

The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. In support of this objective, the organization directs, coordinates, stimulates and advances work on issues related to health.

Since its inception, WHO has been heavily involved in research activities in the fields of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, environmental health, HIV / AIDS, human reproduction, immunology, malaria control, mental health, tropical diseases, tuberculosis, etc., working with many top research institutions world wide, officially designated as “Who Collaboration Centers”.

Telecommunication with these collaborating centers is one of the essential requirements for the activities of the WHO. An increasing number of projects have high-bandwidth requirements. WHO will no doubt gain substantial benefit from being connected, via CERN, through the Internet2 / vBNS via Chicago STAR TAP to its partners in the USA (who are or will be I2, NGI or vBNS members) with assurance of high-bandwidth, low latency and quality-of-service (QoS) guarantees on an end-to-end basis.

Finally, the WHO web site is an important information resource for US academic institutions. The .edu top-level domain name is its fourth largest user, with half a million accesses per month. Being connected on the high-speed backbone will bring the information on the WHO web site and on its Internet servers closer to all students and researchers in US academic institutions connected to Internet2.


Two hundred centers exist in the US alone, many located in major medical and public health research centers and universities

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