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

IHR procedures and implementation

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To support countries in strengthening and maintaining their capacities for ensuring rapid detection, verification and response to public health risks, WHO develops and provides tools, guidance and training.

WHO’s support focuses on the priority needs identified by the WHO Regional and Country Offices, in order to help each country meet its IHR commitment.


Tools, guidance and training

IHR implementation in countries

Under IHR, countries have agreed to fulfill a number of obligations of certain public health events.

Support to national legislation for IHR implementation

To support countries, WHO provides guidance on harmonizing their existing legal frameworks with the IHR framework.

WHO statement on the third meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR(2005)) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

The Committee was asked to consider the potential risks of Zika transmission for mass gatherings, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled for August and September 2016, respectively, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.