When the International Health Regulations (IHR) were adopted in 2005 by member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO), State Parties were given up to June 2012 to have developed minimum core public health capacities to implement them. This included having surveillance, reporting and response systems for public health risks and emergencies and measures for disease control at designated airports, ports and ground crossings. In East and Southern Africa (ESA), the IHR are being implemented within an Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDRS), which is a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy for strengthening national public health surveillance and response systems in African countries. This policy brief outlines the progress made and deficits in ESA countries in achieving the core capacities to implement the IHR. It proposes national measures to strengthen public health systems to both meet gaps in the implementation of the IHR and to link responses to health emergencies and outbreaks to health systems strengthening in ESA countries.
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Title of publication EQUINET Policy brief 40: Implementing the International Health Regulations in east and southern Africa: Progress, opportunities and challenges
Date of publication
Implementing the International Health Regulations in east and southern Africa: Progress, opportunities and challenges, EQUINET Policy brief 40, EQUINET Harare
International Health Regulations, East and Southern Africa, implementation
East and southern Africa region
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