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

IHR News

The WHO quarterly bulletin on IHR implementation

15 December 2008, No. 5

Issued by the International Health Regulations (IHR) Coordination Programme, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva and Lyon

In this issue:

WHAT’S NEW IN IHR COORDINATION AND SUPPORT

  • EB 124th session 19-27 January 2009: Report to the Executive Board
  • States Parties report to WHO on IHR implementation
  • Meeting on non chemical methods and requirements for aircraft disinsection,
    15-16 December 2008, Gainesville and Orlando, Florida
  • Informal consultation on the development of an International Training Programme “International Health Regulations: Creating the framework for global public health security”,
    2-3 December 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
  • IHR indicators database meeting, 27-29 November 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Workshop on training programmes integrating public health laboratory and applied epidemiology, 3 November 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • International consultation, “Cities and public health crises”, 28-29 October 2008, Lyon, France
  • WHO technical consultation on Annex 2 of the IHR, 20-22 October 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Laboratory management skills training course, 13-24 October 2008, Lyon, France
  • IHR workshop on ship sanitation issues, 13-17 October 2008, Sines, Portugal

WHAT’S NEW IN RISK AND DISEASE CONTROL

  • Infection control aide-mémoires
  • INFOSAN Advisory group meeting, 10-12 December 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
  • WHO Global Salm-Surv update
  • Melamine contamination event
  • Tuberculosis and air travel: Guidelines for prevention and control, 3rd edition
  • Investigation of yellow fever epidemics in Africa – Field guide

WHAT’S NEW IN THE WHO REGIONS1

  • AFRO: IHR assessment tools finalization workshop, 10-17 November 2008, Brazzaville, Congo
  • EMRO: Intercountry meeting on IHR implementation, 24-27 November 2008, Aleppo,
    Syrian Arab Republic
  • EURO: Fourth SHIPSAN collaborative group meeting, 25–28 November 2008, Athens, Greece
  • EURO: Workshop on Ship Sanitation Certificates (SSC), 8-11 October 2008, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • PAHO/AMRO: Training on ship sanitation inspection under the IHR in the Americas,
    10-13 December 2008, Miami, Florida, USA
  • WPRO: Second meeting of Pacific National IHR Focal Points (NFPs), 14-16 October 2008,
    Cook Islands
  • WPRO: IHR Event Communication Exercise, November and December 2008

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Update on IHR implementation in countries

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 ihrinfo@who.int

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