SEA/RC58/7 - International health regulations (2005)
AbstractThe Tenth Meeting of Health Secretaries of countries in the SEA Region, held in Dhaka on 3-4 July 2005, deliberated, among other subjects, on the International Health Regulations (2005), which is also an Agenda item of the fifty-eighth session of the Regional Committee. The background document (SEA/HSM/Meet.10/4) prepared for the meeting is attached. The Meeting of Health Secretaries welcomed the adoption of the International Health Regulations (2005) by the Fifty-eighth World Health Assembly and expressed its appreciation to WHO for its support in the revision process. It emphasized the fact that Member States required technical and financial support in the implementation of the regulations in terms of capacity building, including strengthening of health systems and development of human resources. It called upon Member States to identify constraints and obstacles – administrative and legal – that may hinder timely adoption and implementation of the regulations; to promote intersectoral participation and involvement; and to strengthen intercountry and interregional cooperation for timely sharing of information and early diagnosis of priority communicable diseases. Furthermore, it requested Member States with advanced technical facilities to extend horizontal support to other countries. The meeting requested WHO to continue its technical support, convene a regional consultation, and to mobilize resources to support Member States to effectively implement the International Health Regulations (2005). The Agenda item is now submitted to the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2005). SEA/RC58/7 - International health regulations (2005). WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128770