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Global Consultative Meeting to finalize the 2nd edition of WHO Benchmarks for IHR (2005) Capacities

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 the development and implementation of a National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS). The WHO Benchmarks for International Health Regulations 2005 [IHR/IHR (2005)] Capacities are broad in nature to improve IHR capacities for health security and integrate multisectoral concerns at subnational (local and regional/provincial) and national levels. This means that if all benchmarks are achieved and sustained, the level of preparedness of the country would be optimum to prevent, detect and respond to threats and events.

The main audiences for WHO benchmark document are:

  • States Parties to the IHR, to develop activities for the NAPHS.

  • Clinical agencies, civil society and specialized organizations at local, subnational, national, regional and global levels, to support the implementation of the NAPHS.

  • Development partners, to confirm that their health security assistance is consistent with evolving needs and to provide objective milestones to help guide and determine the effectiveness of assistance.

  • WHO Secretariat, to be able to promote and monitor consistency of IHR progress and NAPHS implementation.

  • WHO country and regional offices, to be able to prioritize assistance.

The 1st edition of WHO Benchmarks for IHR (2005) had been developed and published in 2019 with SAFETYNET’s involvement as one of the consultative partners to provide technical inputs to the tool. This 1st edition can be downloaded at:

To finalize the 2nd edition of WHO Benchmarks for IHR (2005), WHO has been conducting a Global Consultative Meeting at Geneva, Switzerland from March 13-15, 2023. Dr.Conky Quizon, SAFETYNET’s executive director, has been attending the meeting and chaired the financing session. She also provided valuable inputs for the 2nd edition of the document.

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