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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Global health security: all sectors and countries needed

Until all countries are fully prepared to respond to disease outbreaks and emergencies, no country is safe.

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WHO/Europe works closely with Member States and international and national partners to help communities:

  • prepare for disasters,
  • deal with their health consequences and
  • mitigate their long-term effects.
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