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

Education and Training to support implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR)

Human resources development is a key component of public health strengthening in both initial and ongoing training programmes.


The objective of the project is to provide support to training programmes and networks to foster the development of human resources for IHR implementation, in collaboration with the WHO Regional Offices.

Main activities

Needs assessment: identify training needs in the relevant fields linked to IHR implementation, such as national capacity assessment, points of entry, legal requirements, and IHR operations.

Training toolkits: develop toolkits targeting WHO staff, IHR National Focal Points, decision-makers, and professionals from all relevant sectors such as epidemiology, laboratory, transport. Each toolkit will be designed as a CD-ROM and will contain materials tailored to each target audience and each context, together with materials for trainers.

Continuous education and distance learning: an internet portal has been designed to facilitate continuous learning. This portal provides access to relevant resources and tools, such as links to documents, access to online training courses and relevant sites. This portal is a restricted site targeting the main IHR actors. Some of these resources, such as core documents, will however be made available to the public.

Advocacy and partnership: the project fosters global partnerships to strengthen and develop the training initiatives.


  • development of the following toolkits:
    - Introduction to IHR
    - Laboratory quality management systems
    - IHR: the role of laboratories
    - Laboratory for epidemiologists
    - Integrated case studies
    - Early warning systems
    - Laboratory biosafety
  • development of Internet resource centres for public health laboratories (restricted access) and for International Health Regulations
  • on-line IHR briefing for WHO Country Offices
  • e-learning module on biostatistics


Paula Gomez, WHO office in Lyon