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AFRO and SEARO: Pilot testing of the IHR costing tool in Bhutan, in Cameroon and Uganda, November-December 2013

As part of its support and guidance to Member States in implementing the IHR, WHO has developed a tool to aid countries in developing realistic cost estimates for core actions needed to develop, strengthen and maintain IHR core capacities. WHO has developed this costing tool through an iterative process with subject matter experts from WHO and associated national and international experts, using data provided by Member States through the IHR monitoring tool, national extension plans, and other relevant reports. Between November and December 2013, the costing tool was pilot tested in Bhutan, Cameroon, and Uganda. The aim of the field test was to assess the utility and functionality of the tool for costing the strengthening and maintenance of IHR national core capacities. The key findings and feedback will be used to further revise the tool to improve its application and use for the intended purpose.

EMRO: Workshop on ship sanitation inspection, Doha, Qatar, 10-14 November 2013

Under the scope of the European Union Contribution Agreement with WHO for “Strengthening Health Security at Ports, Airports and Ground Crossings”, and in collaboration with the Government of Qatar, the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean convened a workshop on ship inspection and issuing of ship sanitation certificates, under the framework of the International Health Regulations – 2005 (IHR), in Doha, Qatar, from 10 to 14 November 2013. The workshop provided training to port health officers from 10 EMRO countries (Bahrain, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen), following the WHO learning programme on ship inspection and issuance of ship sanitation certificates. The training was developed by the WHO teams on Ports, Airports and Ground Crossings and Health Resources Development and Training, and delivered by these teams as well as international experts from Greece, Morocco, Spain and the United Kingdom and EMRO staff.

EMRO: Laboratory quality management systems workshop, Cairo, Egypt, 6-7 November 2013

A two-day workshop organized jointly by the WHO Country Office in Egypt, WHO EMRO and WHO Lyon was held on 6 to7 November in Cairo. The objective of the workshop was to discuss, establish consensus and develop an action plan for addressing the findings and recommendations of recent assessment missions. The participating laboratories included the Central Public Health Laboratory Cairo, Alexandria Fever Hospital, Alexandria Food Laboratory, Imbaba Fever Hospital, Port Said Fever Hospital, and Port Said Food Laboratory. The laboratories presented individually the results of their assessments and outlined their action plans to address any gaps identified. Discussions were held collectively as to how best to proceed with a unified, supportive and strategic approach to the implementation of laboratory quality management in these laboratories with a view to further expanding to other laboratories in Egypt.

EURO: Workshop on IHR implementation in national legislation and points of entry, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 25-29 November 2013

The workshop on IHR implementation in national legislation and points of entry brought together members of the Council of the Legislative Chamber and leading representatives from the health, travel and transport sectors in Uzbekistan. Staff from the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Global Capacities Alert and Response Department Headquarters led the workshop, which provided an introductory module on IHR implementation to be included in the training programme of the Hygiene Department of the Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education in Tashkent, Uzbekistan with a view to strengthening critical human resources and supporting the institution’s training centre to facilitate IHR implementation among competent authorities at points of entry. The European Union funded the procurement of video communication equipment and some of trainers` travel expense under the scope of its contribution agreement with WHO for “Strengthening Health Security at Ports, Airports and Ground Crossings”.

WPRO: Philippines Typhoon Haiyan: Public health response ongoing

Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines on 8 and 9 November 2013, leaving nearly 6000 people dead, injuring more than 26 000, and 4 million displaced. The Government of the Philippines continues to lead the health response with assistance from WHO, who immediately launched an organization-wide response dispatching dozens of emergency and public health experts to the affected areas and coordinating the delivery of medical supplies and the deployment of foreign medical groups. The Global Health Cluster and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) have also been activated to further mobilize support.