In February 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the Israel National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research at the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, as a WHO Collaborating Center.
The three terms of reference for collaborating are:
1. Trauma system management including emergencies
2. Capacity building for emergency trauma services
3. Capacity building for injury surveillance systems and prevention
In 2007, after a preliminary exploration with the institutions and the relevant national authorities, the Department of International Relations of the Israel Ministry of Health proposed that the Israel National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research apply for designation as a WHO Collaborating Center.
Over the past several years, the Center has participated in WHO projects as an "observer". These projects include:
1) Organizing a workshop on Road Safety and Public Health for policy and decision makers. The recommendations from the workshop were presented to the Ministry of Health and the Israel Trauma Society. Some of the recommendations have already been implemented. (November 2007)
2) Implementing courses on public health and emergency medicine, Programme Participant Resources and Learning Module. (June 2008 and June 2009)
3) Participation in the Global Status Report on Road Safety. (2008)
4) Participating in the Prevention of Injury in the European Region Questionnaire which monitors the implementation of the WHO Regional Committee Resolution RC55/R9. (2009)
5) Coordinating the Safe Communities project in Israel. (September 2005.)
6) Two articles were published in the WHO Bulletin: In May 2009 an article regarding childhood injuries from interpersonal violence was published
[Rozenfeld M. and Peleg K. Violence-related injury of children in Israel: age-dependent pattern. Bull World Health Organ. 2009 May;87(5):362-8.] and in February 2010 an article reporting pupil behavior on school buses was published [Goldman S. and Peleg K. Pupil behavior on school buses and potential risk factors for injury: an observational study. Bull World Health Organ. 2010 Aug;88(8):570-575].
7) A study on childhood injury in Israel was presented at the WHO - VIP Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, March 2008, Milano Italy. The study was also published in Ethnicity & Health in 2007. [Savitsky B, Aharonson-Daniel L, Giveon A, Group TI, Peleg K. Variability in pediatric injury patterns by age and ethnic groups in Israel. Ethn Health. 2007 Apr;12(2):129-39].
8) Taking part at the WHO workshop TEACH-VIP, October 2009, RUSSIA. The goal of the workshop was to build country capacity in violence and injury prevention.
9) Participating at the high level meeting on Environment and Health in 2008 and presenting a paper on patterns of child injuries. The purpose was to support the importance of injuries as a regional priority of the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe.
10) The Center houses and manages the Israel National Trauma Registry - a compendium of all trauma hospitalizations from 19 major hospitals in Israel. The data are shared with the WHO for different purposes.