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WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre

CAMH has been a World Health Organization/Pan-American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) Collaborating Centre in Addiction and Mental Health since 1977, with one of its founding organizations.

Our work in monitoring alcohol trends has been one of the pillars of global estimates of alcohol-attributable disease burden. It is used in monitoring implementation progress of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2010, as well as efforts by the World Bank, the European Union and various countries in trying to reduce harm attributed to alcohol consumption. This work helps set priorities for health policy and prevention in countries around the world, particularly in developing countries that have fewer resources for this type of monitoring.

Current projects

• Monitoring alcohol consumption, alcohol-attributable harm and alcohol policy in more than 130 WHO member states. This work supports the WHO’s Global Information System on Alcohol and Health, Global Surveys on Alcohol and Health and Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health.

• Running the data input and serving on the steering committee for the WHO Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH). GISAH is an online database that provides easy access to a wide range of alcohol-related health indicators for 130 countries.

• Serving as the data centre and providing methodology for a large-scale WHO-National Institutes of Health (NIH) study on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in European and African countries.

• Developing a large-scale study on interventions for problem drinking and alcohol use disorders in the treatment of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.


Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Dr. Lana Popova, Dr. Michael Roerecke​, Margaret Rylatt, Dr. Bundit Sornpaisam

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