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

IHR News

The WHO bulletin on IHR implementation

November 2015, No. 25

In this issue

What's new in IHR coordination and support

  • Development, monitoring and evaluation of functional core capacity for implementing the International Health Regulations (2005): Concept note for web consultation
  • Technical consultation on IHR monitoring and evaluation of functional core capacities for implementing the IHR (2005), 19-22 October 2015, Lyon, France
  • IHR Review Committee on the role of the International Health Regulations (2005) in the Ebola outbreak and response, 24-25 August, 5-9 October and 9-13 November 2015Geneva, Switzerland
  • IHR Emergency Committees 2015
  • Developing a framework for public health emergency operations centre: Meeting of the Emergency operations centre network (EOC-NET). 7-8 October 2015, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 17th Meeting of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) Steering Committee Meeting, 24-25 June 2015, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Revision of WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual
  • Ports, airports and ground crossings: Call for States Parties to inform WHO of ports authorized to issue ship sanitation certificates and related queries

What's new in risk and disease control

  • Ebola virus disease in West Africa - update
  • Cholera in Tanzania: Logistics support for mass vaccination campaign, 25 May- 09 June 2015
  • Global laboratory proficiency testing panel for detection of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

What's new in the WHO regions1

  • AFRO:
    ▪ AFRO: 1st meeting of the Public Health Emergency Operations Centres Network in the WHO African Region, 9-11 November 2015
    ▪ AFRO: Rapid response team learning package: Adapting the package to the African context, 21-25 September 2015, Lyon, France
    ▪ AFRO: Building health security beyond Ebola, 13-15 July 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
  • EMRO:
    ▪ EMRO: Establishing a regional network for outbreak alert and response in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 19-21 October 2015, Casablanca, Morocco
    ▪ EMRO: Rapid Response Teams training on EVD Preparedness: Building a knowledge network community of practice, 28–30 September 2015, Lyon France
    ▪ EMRO: Lyon Intercountry meeting of the directors of public health laboratories of Eastern Mediterranean Region, February 2015,Tunisia
  • EURO:
    ▪ EURO: “Better Labs for Better Health” initiative in the European region

Publications and reference tools

  • Laboratory Assessment Tool - short version for EVD/VHF (Only for Ebola/VHF diagnosis capacity and not for clinical testing for Ebola/VHF patients) - Annexes 1 & 2
  • WHO Interim guidance for Ebola event management at points of entry
  • Travel and transport risk assessment: guidance for public health authorities and the transport sector
  • Ebola: points of entry online training toolkits
  • Exit screening at airports, ports and land crossings: Interim guidance for Ebola virus disease
  • Entry screening for Ebola at airports, ports and land crossings: Technical note for preparedness planning
  • Consolidated Ebola virus disease preparedness checklist
  • Preparedness: Country visit reports
  • Early detection, assessment and response to acute public health events: Implementation of Early Warning and Response with a focus on Event-Based Surveillance
  • Coordinated public health surveillance between points of entry and national health surveillance systems: Advising principles
  • Handbook for the assessment of capacities at the human animal-interface
  • Core capacity workbook: A series of exercises to assist the validation of core capacity implementation levels
  • PROTECT - Basic occupational health and safety pre-deployment training

1The six WHO regional offices: AFRO – Regional Office for Africa; EMRO – Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean; EURO – Regional Office for Europe; PAHO/AMRO – Pan American Sanitary Bureau/Regional Office for the Americas; SEARO – Regional Office for South-East Asia; WPRO – Regional Office for the Western Pacific.


This newsletter seeks to provide useful information for NFPs, countries and partners in implementing the IHR. We welcome your suggestions and comments and invite you to send these to ihrinfo@who.int