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

IHR procedures and implementation

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To support countries in strengthening and maintaining their capacities for ensuring rapid detection, verification and response to public health risks, WHO develops and provides tools, guidance and training.

WHO’s support focuses on the priority needs identified by the WHO Regional and Country Offices, in order to help each country meet its IHR commitment.


Tools, guidance and training

IHR implementation in countries

Under IHR, countries have agreed to fulfill a number of obligations of certain public health events.

Support to national legislation for IHR implementation

To support countries, WHO provides guidance on harmonizing their existing legal frameworks with the IHR framework.

WHO statement on the 2nd meeting of IHR Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

8 March 2016 -- The 2nd meeting of IHR Emergency Committee was convened by WHO Director-General regarding clusters of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika virus. Based on the advice of the Emergency Committee, the Director-General declared the continuation of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

WHO Director-General addresses media after Zika Emergency Committee

8 March 2016 -- In her statement to the media, Dr Margaret Chan reviewed the substantial new clinical and epidemiological research issued since the Committee’s first meeting on 1 February. This research has strengthened the association between Zika infection and the occurrence of fetal malformations and neurological disorders. As she also noted, the geographical distribution of the virus is wider, the risk group is broader, and the modes of transmission now include sexual intercourse as well as mosquito bites.