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IHR News

The WHO quarterly bulletin on IHR implementation

30 September 2009, No. 8

Securing global health: IHR implementation course

The IHR implementation course (IHR i-course), developed in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Georgetown University Law Center, USA, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland is now accepting applications.

This on-the-job training targets public health professionals, mainly belonging to National IHR Focal Points (NFP), but also professionals from other related sectors from national or international organizations, in the public and private sectors. Each cohort of participants will also include WHO staff from Country Offices and Regional Offices.

From their workstations, course participants will be able to:

  • Inform relevant stakeholders on the scope of the revised IHR
  • Communicate with WHO as set out in the IHR
  • Collect, analyze and disseminate critical pubic health information
  • Lead or interact with staff responsible for carrying out risk assessment
  • Lead or interact with sectors/staff engaged in the strengthening/acquisition of core public health capacities
  • Trigger appropriate legislative, regulatory, and organizational reforms
  • Plan, coordinate, monitor and assess IHR implementation
  • Manage an emergency situation effectively
  • Assess national vulnerability in health systems for effective IHR implementation
  • Assess all actions in light of other areas of international law
  • Train relevant professionals in IHR implementation

The IHR i-course – What’s in it for participants?

  • This course will help them to implement the IHR in the course of their daily work
  • Participants will become part of a network of IHR professionals that share practical experience and solutions in the face of today’s public health challenges
  • They will be better prepared to effectively manage a public health emergency in their country / region

What’s in it for the participant’s institution?
With specialized training in IHR implementation the participant will be able to

  • Train other professionals in their institution
  • Strengthen their institution’s capacity to coordinate the response to a public health emergency

Course dates: on-the-job distance training: March 2010-June 2010 / 2-week face-to-face session: July 2010

For more information or to find out how you can apply, send an e-mail to: