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

Support to national surveillance

WHO helps countries to strengthen their public health surveillance systems by developing guidance and training modules, and facilitating collaboration among early warning surveillance systems, laboratory-based surveillance systems and points of entry.

WHO officer conducting field surveillance during the West Africa Ebola outbreak 2014.

With WHO’s help, countries are able to meet their IHR commitments to have in place a flexible surveillance system that can rapidly detect and verify both known and new or unusual health risks.

Key documents and resources

Points of entry and national health surveillance systems

Early warning and response