WHO/Europe helps countries in the WHO European Region to prepare for and respond to health emergencies by offering technical guidance, support and coordinating in the field. WHO/Europe also implements the International Health Regulations (IHR) which provides a unique global framework for health security, involving 196 countries worldwide and including all WHO Member States. Under the IHR, countries commit to reporting public health emergencies of international concern and in strengthening their national surveillance, preparedness, and response systems.

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Medical facilities coping well in Albania following earthquake

At least 25 people have been killed and over 650 injured, according to official reports following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Albania which happened shortly before 04:00 local time on 26 November 2019.

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Ana Kasradze, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia, speaks of how the IHR support her daily work, and explains that they have strengthened Georgia’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health threats

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Dr Satoo’s story: Improving access to care with dedication and hope in north-western Syrian Arab Republic

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