Who We Are

Our Vision

A global centre of excellence for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and innovation

Our Mission

To promote innovation and research for equitable and sustainable UHC, building on our comparative advantage in the areas of UHC, health financing, ageing and health emergency and disaster risk management, and drawing on lessons from Japan and the Asia Pacific Region and more widely to inform global policy development

Director's Message

Supporting sustainable health systems in a rapidly changing environment

Accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage by 2030 will require strong evidence about systems innovations and sharing of lessons learned across countries. The WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre – WKC) supports generating new research, building the evidence base, and increasing capacity to advance sustainable universal health coverage. Located in Kobe, Japan, the Centre has a unique role in bringing together initiatives from local to global level.

Dr Sarah Louise Barber  
Dr Sarah Louise Barber  
Director of WHO Kobe Centre

What We Do

The WKC has three main themes of research and commits to local engagement activities. Discover more about the specific programs under each theme.