International Health Regulations

The International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) provide an international legal framework to ensure global public health security. Binding on 196 countries, including all WHO Member States, the IHR require countries to implement and maintain the capacities necessary for detecting and responding to public health threats and to report on events which may constitute a potential public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

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European Region countries convene to boost emergency preparedness and response

A 3-day high-level meeting, hosted and financially supported by Germany, concluded in Munich on 15 February 2018, marking a milestone in preparing for and responding to the ever more complex and demanding health emergencies of our times.

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International Health Regulations

In response to the exponential increase in international travel and trade, and emergence and reemergence of international disease threats and other health risks, 194 countries across the globe have agreed to implement the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR).

The IHR in two pages

International Health Regulations (IHR)

All you need to know about the IHR on two pages

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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

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