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
- Effective Communications Participant Handbook
Communication Handbook Veterinary Services
- Handbook and field guide