Risk communication

WHO guidance

WHO staff give training to community health workers at Kagbantaman Community Care Centre, Loko district, Sierra Leone.
WHO/W. Romeril

Risk communication is one of the eight core functions that WHO Member States must fulfill as signatories to the International Health Regulations (2005). Risk communication is also a component of global and country preparedness for an influenza pandemic, as part of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework.

WHO guidance on risk communication

While principles, good practices and training programmes already exist in the field of risk communication, there is no single, comprehensive, evidence-based, up-to-date, systems-focused WHO guidance for Member States in this area.

In order to address this gap, WHO has embarked on a project to develop a guideline on emergency risk communications. The guideline is expected to cover:

  • communicating during public health emergencies; and
  • building and sustaining local capacity.

Existing guidance documents

Behavioural change communication

Effective communication during public health emergencies

Outbreak communication



For more information about risk communication, please email: riskcommunication@who.int.