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IHR News

The WHO quarterly bulletin on IHR implementation

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EMRO: Weekly Epidemiological Monitor

Produced by the WHO Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, this publication provides updates on outbreaks in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and other information relevant to IHR implementation. For further information please contact:

EURO: Training for IHR implementation at points of entry

The European Port Health Workshop, organized in collaboration with the UK Health Protection Agency, was held in London 25-26 February 2008. The main theme was on applying IHR requirements at designated points of entry. For more detailed information on topics covered:

PAHO/AMRO: WHO Country Office for Mexico launches news bulletin

The new PAHO/AMRO bulletin, Boletín de Novedades Editoriales sobre Salud, launched in January 2008, was created to disseminate public health information developed by PAHO, WHO and partner institutions. In the framework of IHR implementation, it also facilitates the exchange of information and expertise among public health institutions:

WPRO: Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED) supports WHO Western Pacific Region to meet IHR requirements

APSED is being implemented in the WHO Western Pacific Region to develop and strengthen core capacities for surveillance and response as required under the IHR. From February 2007 to February 2008, 13 countries (Cambodia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Mongolia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Viet Nam) have completed the core capacity assessment using the APSED-IHR assessment checklists developed by WPRO. Further to completion of these assessments, seven countries (e.g. Cook Islands, Fiji, Laos, FSM, Philippines, Samoa and Tonga) have drafted and developed national action plans. APSED programme areas of work include surveillance and response, laboratory capacity, zoonoses, infection control and risk communication.