Securing health

Friday, 02.10.2015 | 09:00 - 12:00

Organised by World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

Importance of the implementation of the IHR

In today's connected world, we must all protect ourselves, and each other, from threats like infectious diseases, and chemical and radiological events. This requires using the International Health Regulations (IHR) on a day-today basis in an operational way, and building capacity to assess, prepare and respond to public health risks.

This forum will cover:

  • lessons learned from major outbreaks;
  • the current state of implementation of IHR in Europe;
  • how to achieve intersectoral coordination and action beyond the health sector for the successful use and implementation of IHR.

Part 1 | Current state of IHR implementation and lessons learned

The final report of the WHO Ebola Interim Assessment Panel

Ilona Kickbusch, Member of the WHO Ebola Interim Assessment Panel

IHR in the European Region and report from the 68th World Health Assembly

Guénaël Rodier, Director, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Médecins Sans Frontières' perspective

Philippe Calain, Senior Researcher, Médecins Sans Frontières

Part 2 | Advancing the European IHR agenda

The work on the Decision on Cross Border Health Threats

John F Ryan, Acting Director, DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)

Outi Kuivasniemi, Deputy to Director of International Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland


Didier Houssin, Chair of the IHR Review Committee and President, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (AERES)

EHFG News & Updates

EHFG Headquarters

EHFG Vienna Office