Risk Communications – a key Area of Work under the PIP Framework Partnership Contribution (PC) Implementation Plan 2013-2016

The main outcome for this Area of Work is to strengthen Member States’ risk communications capacities with a special focus on pandemic influenza communications. Risk communication is also a fundamental capacity under the International Health Regulations (2005).

Risk communications is essential in a pandemic. Ministries of health need the technical capacity and expertise to inform the public, for example about hand hygiene and other protective measures and specific risk groups, and to address public and health worker vaccine safety concerns.

Risk communication activities within the PIP Framework began with 2 inter-country workshops held in 2014 for 9 Member States of eastern and south-eastern Europe and central Asia. The workshops focused on improving decision making, response time and the quality of the response.