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 first meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

1 February 2016 -- WHO Director-General today declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern following advice from the first meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) regarding clusters of microcephaly cases and other neurologic disorders in some areas affected by Zika virus.

WHO to convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

28 January 2016 -- WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, will convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations.