Region Consultation on the Revised International Health Regulations: Information Document
Abstract1. The International Health Regulations (IHRs) are mechanisms for sharing epidemiological information on cross- border spread of diseases and other events of international public health importance. The World Health Assembly (WHA) initially adopted these regulations in 1951 as the International Sanitary Regulations. The current IHRs were adopted by the WHA in 1969, and the latest version was finalized in 1981. Since the adoption of IHRs, the public health situation has significantly changed: Smallpox has been eradicated; poliomyelitis is targeted for eradication; dracunculiasis, measles and leprosy have been selected for elimination. Other deadly diseases, such as viral haemorrhagic fevers, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), have emerged. The threat of accidental or intentional release of deadly biological, chemical or nuclear agents is a reality that needs to be addressed. 2. Therefore, the WHA, through Resolution WHA56.28, decided to revise the current IHRs and urged the Director-General to ensure participation of all Member States. The WHO Regional Office for Africa, with support from WHO headquarters, held consultative meetings and received valuable input from country delegates to improve the IHRs working paper. The outcomes of the consultation were as follows:
Regional Committee for Africa, 54. (2004). Region Consultation on the Revised International Health Regulations: Information Document. WHO. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/93123
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa Fifty-fourth Session Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 30 August–3 September 2004, Provisional agenda item 12.5
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