International Health Regulations (IHR)

Laboratory technician wearing protective clothing, collecting a specimenThe IHR require countries to detect, assess, notify and report events that could result in a public health emergency of international concern. Photo credit: WHOThe 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.

International Health Regulations (IHR 2005)

IHR core capacities



Successful joint external evaluation preparatory meeting builds health system resilience in Iraq

16 January 2019 – Under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Health of Iraq Dr Alaa Alwan, a preparatory meeting for the joint external evaluation (JEE) was conducted on...

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Progress towards implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005)

27 December 2018 ─ “We must work together to make the world better prepared for health emergencies by measurably improving the resilience of our health systems,’’ was the core message...

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WHO Member States sign Khartoum Declaration on Sudan and Bordering Countries: Cross-Border Health Security

4 December 2018 – Six countries in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean and African Regions have signed a declaration committing themselves to strengthening preparedness and response to public health threats and events...

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In focus

7 May 2014 - On 3 and 6 May 2014, the IHR National Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV)...

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14 May 2014 – The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) concerning Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was held by...

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