WHO in South-East Asia

The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)


The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) provides international public health resources to control outbreaks and public health emergencies across the globe

General information

The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) is a global technical partnership which was established in 2000 by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a key mechanism to engage the resources of technical agencies for rapid identification, confirmation, risk assessment and response to public health emergencies of international importance. GOARN is an international and collaborative mechanism and is WHO’s contribution to strengthening global health security by combating the international spread of outbreaks, ensuring appropriate technical assistance reaches affected states rapidly, and contributing to long-term epidemic preparedness and capacity building.

The main objective of the network is to provide technical support to WHO Member States experiencing a human health emergency due various threats such as infectious disease outbreaks, food safety, chemical toxins, zoonosis, and natural and manmade disasters. GOARN directly strengthens coordination and collaboration for alert and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies via the deployment of experts, materials and provision of technical guidance.

Beyond providing direct assistance to the public health emergency response, GOARN partners may also engage by providing support for GOARN outbreak response training to strengthen the Network’s capacity and performance, developing tools and technologies that support GOARN field teams in improving outbreak response interventions, and networking among other GOARN partners to share information and establish opportunities for outbreak response collaboration.


GOARN members from the South-East Asia Region:

Partner Country
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Bangladesh
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR, B) Bangladesh
International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) Trust India
Manipal Centre for Virus Research India
National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) India
National Institute of High Security Animal Disease India
National Institute of Virology (NIV) India
WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) India
Indonesia Epidemiological Association Indonesia
Indonesia PHEOC/FETP Indonesia
Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University Nepal
National Public Health Laboratory Nepal
Sukra Raj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital Nepal
Armed Forces Research Institute for Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) Thailand
Bureau of Epidemiology, Surveillance and Response Unit, Ministry of Health Thailand
Dengue Unit, Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (QSNICH) Thailand
International FETP Thailand
Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance (MBDS) Thailand
WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) Regional
Source: GOARN