Thailand’s review of the health system response to COVID-19

News Release from the World Health Organization (WHO) Text adapted from WHO Thailand has become one of the first countries in the world to review how its health system has so far responded to COVID-19. This process, known as a joint Intra-Action Review (IAR), had two goals - to identify what went well during the … Continue reading Thailand’s review of the health system response to COVID-19

Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle

Thursday 1 October, 2020 01:00 PM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of countries and communities to the risks and impacts of health emergencies and disasters. The pandemic has demonstrated that many health threats require actions outside the ability of any single country or organization to address by themselves. … Continue reading Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle

APP3 Statement on Biosecurity and Biosafety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Global Health Security Agenda Action Package Prevent-3 (APP3) on Biosafety and Biosecurity recognizes that strong, whole-of-government biosafety and biosecurity systems enable countries to protect populations and counter biological threats, regardless of origin – natural, accidental, or intentional - while also fostering scientific progress and improving health security through international collaboration.  On March 11, 2020 … Continue reading APP3 Statement on Biosecurity and Biosafety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

WHO Benchmarks for International Health Regulations (IHR) Capacities 2019

Benchmarking is a strategic process often used by businesses and institutes to standardize performance in relation to best practices of their sector. World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have developed a tool with a list of benchmarks and corresponding actions that can be applied to increase the performance of countries in emergency preparedness through … Continue reading WHO Benchmarks for International Health Regulations (IHR) Capacities 2019

Strengthening Preparedness for COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the vulnerabilities of cities and urban settings to outbreaks and other health emergencies.  The World Health Organization, on behalf of WHE’s Health Security Preparedness (HSP) and the Health Security Partnership of SPH, has shared interim guidance for local authorities titled Strengthening Preparedness for COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings. The … Continue reading Strengthening Preparedness for COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings

WHO Strategic Partnership Portal (SPP)

In 2015, Member States, partners and donors mandated WHO to establish a Strategic Partnership Portal (SPP) to monitor the health security capacity of countries by helping them identify needs, gaps and priorities in national, provincial and local health security; by mapping and sharing information on global health security investment and resources; and by creating a … Continue reading WHO Strategic Partnership Portal (SPP)

Tripartite Zoonotic Guide (TZG)

Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and World Health Organization (WHO), 2019. This guide was developed to support countries in taking a One Health approach to address zoonotic diseases. This Guide, referred to as the Tripartite Zoonotic Guide (TZG) is flexible enough to … Continue reading Tripartite Zoonotic Guide (TZG)

State of the Region 2019: Health Security in the Indo-Pacific

"The Australian Government Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security administers theAustralian Government health security initiative, and supports change and innovation inhealth security policy and practice in the Indo-Pacific region. The Centre is working withcountry partners and other stakeholders, and investing in health systems research, productdevelopment, workforce and laboratory capacity building, and disease surveillance. To support planning, … Continue reading State of the Region 2019: Health Security in the Indo-Pacific

A World at Risk: Annual Report on Global Preparedness for Health Emergencies 2019

In its first annual report, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board identifies the most urgent actions required to accelerate preparedness for health emergencies. This report focuses on epidemics and pandemics. The central finding of the report is that the world needs to proactively establish the systems needed to detect and control potential disease outbreaks. These acts … Continue reading A World at Risk: Annual Report on Global Preparedness for Health Emergencies 2019