Strengthening health security by implementing the International Health Regulations (2005)

About us

History of the WHO Lyon Office

The WHO Lyon Office was inaugurated on 8 February 2001 to support WHO Regional Offices in their commitment to help developing countries improve their public health epidemiology and laboratory diagnostic competencies. The WHO Lyon Office grew out of the vision of the French Government, the Grand Lyon, the Fondation Mérieux and WHO. Lyon was chosen as the site of the WHO Office because of its scientific, institutional and industrial development strategy, centred on vaccinology, immuno-virology and biotechnology.

Since its creation in 2001, the Office has benefitted from the sustained and support and commitment of the French government, the Institut Pasteur, the Institut de Veille Sanitaire, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the Rhône Department, the Grand Lyon and the Fondation Mérieux. The financial and technical support of these partners is crucial to the success of the ongoing activities to support countries to strengthen their public health systems.

The WHO Lyon Office is part of the Global Capacities Alert and Response Department, responsible for coordination of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), which is situated both in Lyon and Geneva. As such, the mission of the Office is to assist countries to strengthen their core public health capacities for disease surveillance and response, which will in turn strengthen international public health security.

Following the International Agency for Research on Cancer, this is the second WHO office in Lyon.

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WHO Lyon Office
24 rue Jean Baldassini
F-69007 Lyon