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Health Security and Emergency Response


In an increasingly interdependent world, health threats anywhere in the world can impact social, political, and economic stability. This is evident from many recent events, such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the emergence and spread of the Mers-CoV. Global public health security is defined as activities required, both proactive and reactive, to minimize vulnerability to acute public health events that endanger the collective health of populations living across geographical regions and international boundaries.

The Health Security and Emergency Response (HSE) department supports countries in the Region to build capacities for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to public health emergencies, including the health impact of humanitarian disasters, and outbreaks and pandemics. The International health Regulations (IHR 2005) is an important legislative instrument to promote health security by preventing the spread of diseases across international borders.