Strengthening health security by implementing the International Health Regulations (2005)

IHR News

The WHO quarterly bulletin on IHR implementation

18 December 2009, No. 9

In this issue:

What's new in IHR coordination and support

  • Report to the 126th Executive Board on the Implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005)
  • IHR Decision instrument online training course – French and Spanish versions now available
  • Third Meeting of the Steering Committee on the laboratory twinning initiative, 22-23 October 2009 WHO Lyon, France
  • WHO/IATA Train-the-trainer course on Transport of infectious substances", 26–29 October 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
  • WHO Biosafety Level 3 Training for National Influenza Centres. The French Food Safety Agency, 2–3 November 2009, Lyon, France
  • WHO Consultation on areas where aircraft disinsection measures are recommended, 30 November – 1 December 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Fourth Global Health Security Communication Network Coordination Meeting, 1-3 December 2009, Lyon, France
  • Global Laboratory Directory (GLaD) consultation, 7-8 December 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
  • WHO Consultative meeting to review the WHO microbiology External Quality Assessment Programme in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), 7-8 December 2009, Cairo, Egypt
  • Ports, airports and ground crossings: : Informal technical consultation, 9-11 December 2009, Lyon, France
  • Assessment tool for core capacity requirements at designated ports, airports and ground crossings
  • IHR implementation course (IHR i-course): Registration for 1st session successfully underway

What's new in risk and disease control

  • Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: WHO situation updates
  • WHO interim technical advice for case management of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 on ships – now available online
  • Five keys to safer food – Train the Trainer course – Module 1: Directed to Women
  • Natural ventilation for infection control in health-care settings


  • AFRO: Progress towards implementation – country assessments and revised Technical Guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response
  • EMRO: Interim guidance on public health measures for the returnee Hajj Pilgrims
  • PAHO/AMRO: Availability of Pandemic Influenza Vaccine for the Americas
  • SEARO and WPRO: WHO-ASEAN meeting on public health measures at international points of entry under the IHR, 24-26 November 2009, Manila, Philippines

Other NEWS

  • Holiday greetings

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:

1 The 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.