The IHR (2005) are a legal framework to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease while avoiding unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade. Their entry into force on 15 June 2007 was a public health landmark.
Momentum towards IHR (2005) implementation is increasing. The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is escalating its efforts to support and accelerate achievement of core capacities in countries. It supports countries to implement the recommendations through providing technical advice, coordinating with IHR stakeholders (national, regional and global) and conducting meetings and training workshops to strengthen national capacities.