Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Outbreak response logistics

The objective of global alert and response logistics is to provide operational independence in transport, communications and accommodation for rapid deployment of outbreak response teams, with enhanced security and increased flexibility of resources and activities.

To rapidly mobilize the resources of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, and to provide sustained logistics support to alert and response operations in the field, including investigation of outbreaks that may be caused deliberately, require significant logistics capacity. In addition, it is increasingly important to provide a safe and secure environment in which the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network can operate.

Given these current concerns, WHO has identified the need for specialized transport equipment in a strategic bonded location. Such a mobility capacity would play a critical role in projecting resources into any outbreak operation rapidly and address factors such as non-availability of transport, communications equipment, or rudimentary local infrastructure.

WHO is strengthening its capacity in all areas of logistics: deployment of personnel and specialist equipment; provision of transport and communications; and security in the field. Alert and response logistics support is focused on:

  • providing a communications and mobility package to support rapid deployment of international teams in the field
  • providing "a field office solution" with a complete and robust information technology and communications set-up (satellite telephony, HF/VHF radio communications, and field video-conferencing capacity)
  • pre-positioned specialized protective equipment and medical supplies.

Coordination and logistics support is being further strengthened by the development of operational protocols and agreed standards in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network:in particular standardized procedures for the alert and verification process, communications, coordination of the response, specialist equipment, medical supplies, emergency evacuation, research, evaluation, and relations with media.