Emergencies preparedness, response

The WHO Emerging Diseases Clinical Assessment and Response Network (EDCARN)

Training as part of the Ebola response.

The Emerging Diseases Clinical Assessment and Response Network (EDCARN)comprises collaborating centres and individuals from governmental and nongovernmental organizations, academia, WHO and other stakeholders aimed at sharing information and experience to enhance clinical care and scientific understanding of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). EDCARN strengthens the essential link among front-line health workers, global clinical experts and researchers to provide technical expertise at the clinical interface of EIDs, contributing to the capacity of clinicians worldwide to detect and treat these diseases safely and effectively.

EDCARN provides technical expertise to help set and implement standards for quality management of patients with EIDs, serving as a catalyst and operational arm for treatment, prevention, and clinical research. EDCARN also includes a pool of expert clinicians to be deployed during outbreaks for technical support, training and mentoring of the local, national and international health workforce.

EDCARN is a network of clinicians and other subject-matter experts involved in the clinical management of and research into EIDs, including experts from governmental and non-governmental organizations, academia, WHO, and other stakeholders. EDCARN is coordinated and administered by the WHO Clinical Management Unit in the Pandemic & Epidemic Diseases Department at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, over 80 clinical experts and 20 institutions are actively collaborating in EDCARN.

For further information or to get involved with EDCARN, please contact us at EDCARN@who.int

EDCARN newsletter: 2016 in review

With the start of the new year, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our activities and successes of 2016. The most substantial change of the year was our transition to the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.

The Emerging Diseases Clinical Assessment and Response Network (EDCARN) has been officialised under the new structure. It is now in the Expert Networks sub-unit of WHO’s Health Emergency Programme, with the laboratory network and epidemiology, modelling and forecasting network.


  • April 4 to 6, 2016
    Berlin, Germany

    International Workshop on Viral Haemorrhagic Fever

    The International Workshop on Viral Haemorrhagic Fever was facilitated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Permanent Working Group of Competence and Treatment Centres for Highly Contagious and Life-threatening Diseases (STAKOB). Topics covered in the meeting included activities of the EDCARN network, lessons learned from Ebola Virus Disease and research gaps concerning Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF).

  • December 3 to 4, 2015
    Venice, Italy

    Exploratory Meeting of the WHO Emerging Disease Clinical Assessment and Response Network

    This exploratory meeting was designed to strengthen the network by assembling stakeholders engaged in clinical care and research on EIDs, especially during epidemics. At the meeting, front-line health workers, scientists, epidemiologists and public health regulatory bodies shared their expertise and experience to support EDCARN in advancing optimal evidence based detection strategies and clinical management for EIDs.

  • April 20 to 21, 2015
    Rome, Italy

    Joint INMI-WHO Meeting on Clinical Aspects of the Ebola Virus Disease

    The meeting reviewed experiences gained by clinicians who treated EVD patients in high-resource settings. These discussions were built on the results of the first WHO Ebola Clinical Management meeting held in Geneva in January 2015 and follow up email and telephone conference discussions. In addition, the meeting reviewed the operational aspects of international medical evacuation of overseas aid workers with laboratory confirmed EVD as well as high-risk exposures. The meeting aimed to improve understanding, and achieve consensus on case management of patients with EVD in high resource settings, best procedures for safe and efficient medical evacuation, priority post-exposure prophylaxis and treatments, and to reach agreement on future needs and activities.

Epidemic clinical management

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The aim of epidemic clinical management (ECM) is to contribute to WHO's efforts to prevent severe disease and premature death due to epidemic and pandemic diseases, thereby limiting the disease transmission, defining overall strategic directions, and providing technical content expertise.


Contact information

For more information or to be added to the EDCARN listserv, please contact EDCARN Secretariat