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

Early detection, assessment and response to acute public health events

Implementation of Early Warning and Response with a focus on Event-Based Surveillance


Publication details

Number of pages: 64
Publication date: 2014
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/HSE/GCR/LYO/2014.4



The goal of this document is to provide national health authorities, and stakeholders supporting them, with guidance for implementing or enhancing all-hazards early warning and response mechanisms within national surveillance systems. It aims to provide direction regarding the implementation of surveillance capacities, especially event-based surveillance, in order to detect and to respond rapidly to all acute health events and risks from any origin.

This document was developed between March 2013 and March 2014 with the support of a working group made up of country representatives, partners, and WHO colleagues at WHO.