14 February 2018 - The sixteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 7 February 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference.
International Health Regulations (2005)
The 3rd edition of the International Health Regulations (2005) is now available. This edition includes the text of World Health Assembly resolution WHA58.3, the amended version of Annex 7 concerning period of protection of vaccination against yellow fever, and validity of related certificates that entered into force on 11 July 2016, the Health Part of the Aircraft General Declaration that entered into force on 15 July 2007, and appendices containing an updated list of States Parties and State Party reservations and other communications in connection with the IHR (2005).
Core functions of the IHR
In today’s connected world, health security is a global issue. We must all protect ourselves, and each other, from threats like infectious diseases, chemical and radiological events.
That is why 196 countries have agreed to work together to prevent and respond to public health crises. The agreement is called the International Health Regulations, or IHR (2005), and WHO plays the coordinating role. Through the IHR, WHO keeps countries informed about public health risks, and works with partners to help countries build capacity to detect, report and respond to public health events.
Strengthening the competencies, including the knowledge and skills, of public health personnel is critical to the sustainment of public health surveillance and response at all levels of the health system and the effective implementation of the IHR.
WHO provides leadership and contributes to building the capacity of public health professionals working on the implementation of the IHR; it has fostered the development and offers a variety of learning solutions, including training activities, materials and tools, tailored to specific needs of public health workers and partner institutions.
24 October 2017
The WHO Joint External Evaluation (JEE) Secretariat collected and consolidated feedback and comments from Member States, experts and partners involved in the JEE since its launch in February 2016. The meeting reviewed the consolidated feedback and made recommendations to the JEE Secretariat to finalize the JEE tool version 2.0 and JEE process.
18 October 2017
15 June 2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the IHR (2005). On this occasion, the Weekly Epidemiological Record is publishing a series of articles on the Regulations’ contribution to global public health security.” Part 1: Habemus “IHR”: a short history of the Regulations and their renewal and Part 2: Practicum: implementing the “new” IHR (p.534).
13 October 2017
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) reminds us of the importance of putting health at the centre of action to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. Millions of people are killed, injured or made sick each year by natural and manmade disasters. Stronger health systems, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) are critical to building community and country resilience. Dr Peter Salama, WHO Executive Director for Emergencies. Read the full statement, Read more about IDDR 2017.
4 August 2017
This publication is to inform visitors of the full requirements for entry into Saudi Arabia, as provided by the Saudi health authorities. Read more
IHR national capacities
All States Parties are required to have or to develop minimum core public health capacities to implement the IHR (2005) effective in accordance with articles 5 and 13 of the IHR (2005).