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

Note from the Chairman of the IHR Review Committee


12 December 2010

Update on intersessional activities

Following the third meeting of the IHR Review Committee in September 2010, the Committee continued its work during the month of October, through teleconferences and electronic exchange, gathering evidence and discussing and drafting sections of the report.

From 3 to 5 November 2010, the Committee met in deliberative sessions and continued its work on the report, focusing on the following areas: the story of influenza A (H1N1) 2009; the background and context of previous emerging infections, the development of the International Health Regulations (2005) and pandemic preparedness; first notifications of H1N1 and situation assessments; response, interventions, and implementation of pandemic preparedness plans; analysis of the functions of the IHR and their effectiveness; communications; and conclusions and recommendations.

The Committee discussed and agreed on a timeline and method of work for the coming months. The Committee plans to meet in January 2011 in closed, deliberative sessions. The Chair of the Committee will present a progress report during the Executive Board meeting in January 2011. A fourth meeting of the Review Committee to which representatives of States Parties to the IHR and the United Nations and its specialized agencies and other relevant intergovernmental organizations or nongovernmental organizations in official relations with WHO are invited will take place in March or April 2011 (precise date to be determined). The final report will be presented to the WHA in May 2011.

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