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IHR News

The WHO quarterly bulletin on IHR implementation

30 June 2010, No. 11

In this issue:

What's new in IHR coordination and support

  • Update on external review of the IHR
  • 63rd World Health Assembly, 17–21 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
  • IHR i–course – update on 1st session
  • Updated WHO guidance for the use of Annex 2 of the International Health Regulations
  • Assessment tool for core capacity requirements at designated points of entry, ports and ground crossings
  • Risk communication working group meeting, 11–12 May 2010, Lyon, France
  • IHR Coordination Department activity report 2009

What's new in risk and disease control

  • Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: Global situation updates
  • Polio in Tajikistan: Outbreak response activities continue
  • New publications from WHO Global Alert and Response
  • Public health measures taken at international borders during early stages of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009: preliminary results


  • AFRO: Coordination meeting for National IHR Focal Points
  • AFRO: Courses in epidemiology in Central Africa
  • AMRO-PAHO: Points of entry workshop in Fortaleza-CE, Brazil
  • AMRO-PAHO: Regional meeting on IHR implementation
  • EMRO: Workshops on monitoring the implementation of IHR core capacities
  • SEARO-WPRO: Bi-regional consultation on emerging diseases

Other NEWS


This newsletter seeks to provide useful information for NFPs, countries and partners in implementing the IHR. We welcome your suggestions and comments and invite you to send these to Ms Sophia Desillas at:

1 The six WHO regional offices: AFRO – Regional Office for Africa; EMRO – Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean; EURO – Regional Office for Europe; PAHO/AMRO – Pan American Sanitary Bureau/Regional Office for the Americas; SEARO – Regional Office for South-East Asia; WPRO – Regional Office for the Western Pacific.