World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
on Investment for Health and Well-being
Public Health Wales

In March 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated a WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Well-being (WHO CC) at Public Health Wales. It is the first and only one in this area of expertise globally, joining a network of over 800 collaborating centres in more than 80 countries.

The WHO CC is developing, gathering and sharing expertise, information and practical approaches and tools on how to invest in order to improve health and well-being, reduce health inequities, build stronger communities and resilient systems within and beyond Welsh borders, driving sustainable development and promoting prosperity for all.

Our work supports WHO to implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals) and WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019–2023.

Nationally, it helps implementing the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act; Prosperity for All national strategy and the plan for health and social care A Healthier Wales, building on the principles of human rights, equity and social value; long-term thinking, prevention, integration, collaboration and participation. It strengthens our European and global collaborations and partnerships; enables more effective cross-sector and multidisciplinary work; and opens various opportunities for knowledge exchange and research, learning from experience and good practice; and developing our people and organisations.

The WHO CC designation builds on a long-standing partnership with the WHO, working closely in particular with the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development in Venice (the Venice Office).



WHO Collaborating Centres Database & Portal [Link]

WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice, Italy [Link]
WHO CC on Investment for health and Well-being Leaflet [Link

Activity Title


Activity 1

Developing an advocacy pack to mainstream investment for   health and wellbeing across policies and contexts

How to Make the Case for Sustainable Investment in Well-being and Health Equity: A Practical Guide (Summary) [Link]

How to Make the Case for Sustainable Investment in Well-being: An Interactive Guide [Link]

Activity 2

Developing a knowledge and expert platform on Investment   for Health and Well-being


Activity 3

Embedding sustainable development in investment   approaches to improve health and equity across organisations, systems and   sectors


Activity 4

Enhancing understanding, awareness and driving investment   in building capacity and resilience to prevent adversity and trauma across the life course


Activity 5

Developing a framework for applying quality Health Impact   Assessment as important method to facilitate investment in Health in All   Policies and whole-of-government approaches building on the concept of the social   return on investment


Activity 6

Developing an evidence resource for investing   in community and social resilience to improve health and well-being and drive sustainable development


Activity 7

Developing a case series on understanding the impact of   globalisation and new technologies on health and wellbeing in the context of   inter-sectoral investment approaches