Global Medicines Program

WHO Collaborating Center for Mass Gatherings Public Health

The University of Washington Department of Global Health is designated as a WHO Collaboration Center for Mass Gatherings.

What is a Mass Gathering?

Mass gatherings are events attended by a sufficient number of people to strain the planning and response resources of a community, state, province, or nation. These can include small and medium events.

The primary activities of the UW Collaborating Center include:

  • Training, tools and resources for mass gatherings in low resource settings
  • Planning for medical countermeasures (drugs, vaccines, mass dispensing) of mass gatherings
  • Public health emergency communications
  • Operational research guidance for small to medium sized mass gatherings
  • Mass casualty events in low resource settings

About the WHO Collaborating Centres

Examples of Assistance and Resources Available for Mass Gatherings: