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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Is European Region ready to respond to next influenza pandemic?

“Getting ready for the next influenza pandemic is our collective responsibility. Let’s ask ourselves 3 basic questions: are we prepared for a severe pandemic? Are our pandemic plans revised? Are Europe and the world ready to respond tomorrow?”

Voices of the Region

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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5 things you should know

Video:Responding to international health threats: 5 things you should know

New publication

Protecting health and saving lives in outbreaks and emergencies

The April 2018 issue of WHO/Europe’s Public Health Panorama journal focuses on emergencies