About WHO

Health Security (HSE)


All countries and the global community have, and actively contribute to, the information, policies, capacities, practices, and access to the resources, expertise and networks needed to keep populations informed and safe from the important health security related risks, hazards and emergencies.


The cluster works within WHO and with partners and countries to:

  • strengthen the national and global capacities needed to detect, to be prepared, to prevent and to respond to health security risks, hazards and emergencies;
  • strengthen national and global preparedness for health security emergencies;
  • provide global leadership and guidance when major infectious disease outbreaks and other health security emergencies occur.

HSE strategic priorities for 2014-17:

  • Mount an effective response whenever any major new epidemic, pandemic or food-related health security risk emerges, including MERS and H7N9.
  • Attainment of IHR national core capacities by all countries on a sustainable basis.
  • Develop a global strategic plan for antimicrobial drug resistance with clearly defined roles for all major sectors and WHO and implementing the key roles for WHO.
  • Implementation of the Codex Alimentarius and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework.
  • A significantly stronger and more effective approach for global surveillance for major pandemic and epidemic infectious disease risks.

Assistant Director-General

Keiji Fukuda

Assistant Director-General - Health Security

HSE Departments

Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases
Global Capacities Alert and Response
Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases