Emergencies

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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WHO calls on countries to prepare as Zika virus expected to spread in Europe in late spring and summer

A new WHO report assesses the risk of a Zika virus disease outbreak occurring during late spring and summer in the European Region. While the overall risk is low to moderate, countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present are more likely to experience a Zika virus outbreak.

Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

Increased access to a wide range of health care services is needed for the more than 5 million people affected by the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine.

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