Country Health Emergency Preparedness & IHR

Strategic plan to strengthen health emergency capacities launched

Strategic plan to strengthen health emergency capacities launched

The Five-Year Regional Strategic Plan to Strengthen Public Health Preparedness and Response ( 2019-2023), along with the Risk Communication Strategy for Public Health Emergencies in South-East Asia ( 2019-2023), was launched at 72nd Regional Committee Meeting of SEAR. The Strategic Plan is an overall guidance tool for Member States to develop National Action Plans and strengthen core capacities under the International Health Regulation (2005).

Health Ministers Commit to Emergency Preparedness

Health Ministers Commit to Emergency Preparedness

03 September 2019: Health Ministers of the 11 Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region signed the Delhi Declaration on Emergency Preparedness in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR), at the Ministerial Round Table session during the SEAR Regional Committee Meeting in New Delhi, India. In doing so, they committed to “4 I” :

  • Identify risks;
  • Invest in people and systems for risk management
  • Implement plans
  • Interlink sectors and networks

Regional Workshop of IHR National Focal Points in the WHO South-East Asia Region, 25-29 March 2019, New Delhi, India

The first SEAR NFP+, a regional network of International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Points (NFPs) and other IHR core capacity experts, was agreed to at the “ Regional Workshop of IHR national Focal Points in the WHO South-East Asia Region”, held in 25-29 March in New Delhi. This is one of several achievements of the Workshop, which was held to further enhance implementation of the IHR (2005) and ensure continuous capacity building of NFPs.

The workshop brought together IHR National Focal Points, Risk Communication/Community Engagement Focal Points and focal points for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP) from all Eleven Member States of the Region.

Eight out of 11 Member States in the WHO South-East Asia Region complete Joint External Evaluation

Eight countries in the WHO South-East Asia Region have completed the Joint External Evaluation (JEE), a voluntary and important component of the IHR Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-leste. DPRK has initiated JEE process which is expected to be completed in 2019. The JEE helps countries identify critical gaps within their health systems, as well as their priorities for action, to strengthen their preparedness for a public health emergency and resource mobilization. The results of the JEE inform the development of National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS).


International Health Regulations (2005): Strengthening health security

The purpose and scope of the IHR (2005), which came into effect in 2007, are “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that are commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade." It aims to ensure the maximum security against the international spread of diseases with minimum interference with world traffic.

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Regional IHR Focal Point – South East Asia Region
World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia

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