The Collaborating Centre assists WHO with further development and implementation of tools for food and waterborne infectious disease burden estimations in a One Health approach.

In 2005 the WHO Foodborne Burden of Disease Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) initiated the first ever estimates of the global and regional burden of foodborne disease. The results of this initiative were published in a report and six publications and a FERG symposium was organised in the fall of 2015. In addition to providing global and regional estimates, FERG sought to promote actions at a national level. This involved capacity building through national foodborne disease burden studies, and encouraging the use of burden of disease estimates in evidence-informed policy setting. Pilot studies were conducted in four countries (Albania, Japan, Thailand and Uganda) and a suite of tools and resources were created to facilitate national studies of the foodborne burden of disease.

After the completion of the FERG initiative, WHO advances with strengthening the capacity of countries in conducting burden of foodborne disease assessments and increasing the number of countries that undertake burden of foodborne disease studies. For this purpose, these activities were designated in the WHO Collaborating Centre for Risk Assessment of Pathogens in Water and Food.

Leading staff Expertise
Juanita Haagsma, PhD Burden of Disease
Prof. Ana Maria de Roda Husman Global changes and Environmental Infectious Diseases
Joke van der Giessen, DVM PhD Veterinary Microbiologist, Parasitologist, One Health