In February 2017, the WHO Regional Office for Europe launched a capacity-building package on ERC in five steps to support country development or strengthening of ERC under IHR. The five-step package is a unique, sustained, country-tailored capacity-building project in ERC. It comprises:
- Plan writing
- Plan testing
- Plan adoption
The aim of the national health ERC plan-writing activity – step three of the ERC five-step package – is to support health communication personnel in writing a plan in which the country’s resources are used effectively to respond to communication needs before, during and after an emergency. The plan is written during a workshop facilitated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe ERC team. During the workshop, relevant stakeholders draft an all-hazard ERC plan to address major public health threats in their country. The workshop is often conducted in conjunction with ERC training and/or ERC capacity-mapping.