Alert, response, and capacity building under the International Health Regulations (IHR)

IHR News

The WHO quarterly bulletin on IHR implementation


Issued by the International Health Regulations (IHR) Coordination Programme, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva and Lyon

In this issue:

WHAT’S NEW IN IHR COORDINATION AND SUPPORT

  • International partnership for an IHR implementation course
  • 62nd World Health Assembly, 18-22 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Case management of Influenza A (H1N1) in air transport, 18 May 2009, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Guide to hygiene and sanitation in aviation, 3rd edition, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland, 2009
  • Laboratory Quality Management System: Training toolkit

WHAT’S NEW IN RISK AND DISEASE CONTROL

  • Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus guidance documents, FAQs and situation updates
  • WHO experts consultation on Ebola Reston pathogenicity in humans, 1 April 2009
  • Polio network helps respond to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus
  • Polio vaccination required for the Hajj
  • Yellow fever – Release of two new interactive CD ROMS

WHAT’S NEW IN THE WHO REGIONS1

  • AFRO: Strengthening biosafety and biosecurity 8–13 June 2009 and Training for Packaging and Shipping Infectious Substances, 12–13 June 2009, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • AFRO: Assessment of core capacities, 13–24 June 2009, Kenya
  • AFRO: Review of preparedness and response capacity during mass gatherings, 15–22 June, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • EMRO: International consultation on preparedness for mass gatherings (Umrah and Hajj), 27–30 June, 2009, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • PAHO: Regional response to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus
  • PAHO: Launch of Cooperative Arrangement for Preventing the Spread of Communicable Disease through Air Travel (CAPSCA) in the Americas, 25–26 June 2009, Mexico City, Mexico
  • SEARO and WPRO: Bi-regional Workshop of the Asia Pacific Strategy for Strengthening Health Laboratory Services (2010–2015), Bali, Indonesia, 23–25 June 2009

This newsletter seeks to provide useful information for NFPs, countries and partners in implementing the IHR. We welcome your suggestions and comments and invite you to send these to Ms Sophia Desillas at ihrinfo@who.int

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