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What's new in the WHO regions? 1

AFRO: Mission to support IHR implementation at points of entry at country level
2–14 March 2009, Botswana

The objectives of this mission, co-organized by AFRO and the Hamburg Port Health Centre, were to develop a draft strategy on port health control measures and provide guidance to port health authorities. To this end, on site visits were made to one airport and two border crossings. For further information please contact ihrtransport@who.int

AFRO: Assessment of national surveillance and response capacities
9–15 February 2009, Sierra Leone

A WHO team comprised of technical experts from AFRO, the WHO Country Office and IHR Coordination, Geneva supported the health authorities in Sierra Leone in conducting an assessment of national surveillance and response capacities for IHR in accordance with Annex 1A of the Regulations. For further information please visit the site below.

EMRO: Assessment of national surveillance and response capacities
5–15 January 2009, Yemen

A WHO team comprised of technical experts from EMRO, the WHO Country Office and IHR Coordination, Geneva and Lyon supported the health authorities in Yemen to conduct an assessment of national surveillance and response capacities for IHR in accordance with Annex 1A of the Regulations. For further information please visit the site below.

EMRO: Assessment of core capacities and action plans for IHR implementation in Iraq
7–13 March 2009, Amman, Jordan

The main objectives of this meeting were to identify core capacities to support IHR implementation at the local/community and/or primary public health response level and at the intermediate and national level; to provide guidance on the use of assessment tools; to identify ways to integrate IHR requirements into existing public health laws in Iraq; and to agree the IHR core capacity requirements for points of entry in the country. Participants included technical experts from the WHO Country Office, EMRO and IHR Coordination.

EURO: Participation in EU REACT project - Response to Emerging infectious disease: Assessment and development of Core capacities and Tools

The EU REACT project covers a range of work areas including international contact tracing after exposure to infectious diseases. It is lead by the Robert Koch Institute. Visit REACT site below.

PAHO/AMRO: IHR implementation in national legislation – workshop for the Caribbean sub-region
22–23 January 2009, Barbados

This workshop, organized by PAHO/AMRO with the support of IHR Coordination, Geneva and the participation of the Public Health Agency of Canada, brought together legal and other experts from countries in the Caribbean sub-region. The objective was to discuss needs in order to assess and revise national legislation to facilitate full IHR implementation. Guidance materials concerning IHR implementation in national legislation are available at the link below.


1The six WHO regional offices: AFRO – Regional Office for Africa ; EMRO - Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean; EURO - Regional Office for Europe; PAHO/AMRO – Pan American Sanitary Bureau/Regional Office for the Americas; SEARO - Regional Office for South-East Asia; WPRO - Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

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