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World Health Organization

In 1988, Penn Nursing earned the prestigious designation of being the first nursing school in the country to be named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery Development, and we’ve been working with the WHO ever since.

We’re a member of a global network of other WHOCC collaborators who support WHO global health priorities. Our work is focused on the goal of “health for all through nursing and midwifery.”

As a collaborating center, we commit to a certain number of projects with the WHO during each four-year cycle of work. Currently, we are in collaboration with the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to reduce maternal mortality in Haiti, a project that we hope to replicate in Bolivia as well. We are also working with PAHO/WHO to develop leadership in nursing education and research.

Nurses and Midwives: Now more than ever for a healthy world.