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Points of entry: WHO informal consultations on ship inspection and issuance of ship sanitation certificates training and on technical advice for management of public health events on board ships, Lyon, France

The consultation on ship inspection and ship sanitation certificates training, held from 12 to 14 December in Lyon, France, brought together 30 international representatives of port authorities in 18 countries to develop training materials to support the implementation of ship inspection and issuance of ship sanitation certificates. The main objectives were to finalize the draft competency framework and ship sanitation inspection training (SSIT) modules, finalize major learning objectives for both distance learning and face to face SSIT modalities, and develop the content for each module based on the Handbook for inspection of ships and issuance of ship sanitation certificates. In addition, participants had the opportunity to exchange training materials/resources and ideas for learning activities that will inform a database of materials for SSIT. This consultation was followed by a meeting on technical advice for the management of public health events on ships. This consultation was followed by the technical consultation from 14 to 15 December on management of public health events on board ships. The main objectives were to agree the content of the document, Technical advice for management of public health events on board ships, discuss guidance for event risk assessment, develop guidance on implementing health measures at ports, consolidate inputs from participants and prepare a revised version of the document for further consultation.

For further information: ihrpag@who.int

Workshops on IHR (2005) implementation in national legislation in the African Region, Harare, Zimbabwe

Back to back workshops on assessment and revision of national legislation for implementation of the IHR (2005) were held from 24 to 26 and 28 to 30 November in Harare, Zimbabwe. The first was held in English with participants from the Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Seychelles, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe; the second was held in French with participants from Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo. Based on the WHO guidance materials, the main focus of the interactive workshops was to prepare the delegates to complete the assessments and revision, where necessary, of their national legislation at all levels and in all relevant sectors for full implementation of the IHR. Outcomes of the workshops included the exchange of knowledge, information and country experiences (between and within delegations) in IHR legislative implementation and the planned establishment of a network of legal and IHR officials in the African Region familiar with the process and methodologies for assessing and revising national legislation in the context of IHR implementation.

For further information: ihrinfo@who.int

Briefing on IHR implementation during biological weapons convention review conference, Geneva, Switzerland

A lunchtime briefing on IHR implementation was held on 13 December on the occasion of the Seventh Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), from 5 to 22 December in Geneva. The conference gathered technical experts and representatives of intergovernmental, non-governmental, professional, industrial and academic organizations from 100 States. Topics for discussion included ways to improve understanding and implementation of the BWC but also regional implementation and cooperation, biosafety and biosecurity, response to disease outbreaks and to the use of biological weapons. The conference therefore provided a good opportunity to raise awareness and engage stronger support for IHR implementation in countries. WHO staff presented on core capacities required under the IHR; current status towards reaching the requirements in countries; and examples of how support to even one core capacity can impact positively on other related core capacities.

Updated list of ports authorized to issue ship sanitation certificates

For queries concerning this list, contact: ihrpag@who.int

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