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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Surveillance teams risk all to track disease outbreaks in northern Syria

Disease surveillance is risky business in northern Syria, but it’s also critical and life-saving work. The Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN), based in Gaziantep, Turkey, and supported by WHO, tracks disease patterns, sounds the alarm when outbreaks are suspected and monitors outbreaks of infectious diseases when they are confirmed.

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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Protecting health and saving lives in outbreaks and emergencies

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