Strengthening health security by implementing the International Health Regulations (2005)

Country capacity strengthening

Laboratory diagnostics during the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Guinea, 2014.
WHO/S. Saporito

To help countries review and, if necessary, strengthen their ability to detect, assess and respond to public health events, WHO develops guidelines, technical materials and training, and fosters networks for sharing expertise and best practice.

WHO’s help supports countries in meeting their commitments under IHR to build capacity for all kinds of public health events.


Support to national surveillance

WHO helps countries to strengthen their public health surveillance systems.

Risk assessment

WHO applies an all-hazards approach to public health events that require an immediate response and are potentially caused by more than one hazard.

Risk communications

During public health events, WHO’s guidance helps countries to manage risk communications.

Laboratory services

Laboratory services are essential to identify the agents involved in important public health events.

Learning solutions and training support

WHO provides support to countries for strengthening the competencies of professionals.

Implementation of the IHR at the human-animal-health interface

WHO and the international organizations in charge of animal health are working together to support IHR implementation at country level.