Alert, response, and capacity building under the International Health Regulations (IHR)

About WHO Department of Global Capacities Alert and Response (GCR)

International Health Regulations implementation


Human Resources Development and Training

Under the International Health Regulations (IHR), Member States have made a legally binding commitment to detect and report events that may constitute a potential public health emergency of international concern.

The availability of human resources with the appropriate mix of knowledge, skills and competencies constitutes an essential requirement for Member States to fulfil their obligations. Human resources have thus been defined as one of the eight essential capacities that States Parties need to strengthen to achieve compliance with IHR requirements.

As part of an overall human resources strategy, States Parties need to provide for a sustainable approach to the retention of public health personnel and the strengthening of skills and competencies on IHR core capacities, including through the development and implementation of a workforce learning / training plan or strategy.

Workforce learning plans should help to highlight development requirements based on an analysis of needs and gaps identified in human resources capacity strengthening. States Parties need also to develop a strategy to allocate specific programmes and budget to train workforce for IHRrelevant hazards.

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