IHR core capacity strengthening and assessment WP5

Objective

To improve core capacity in EU Member States as required by IHR and Decision 1082/2013/ EU.

Outputs & activities

Within the work package, up to twelve selected lower GNI countries will be funded for participation in the planned workshops and teleconferences/webinars and for preparatory work in between.

The activities will be divided into four main parts; the first part focusing on increasing knowledge about the evaluation process and best practice in preparation it, the second part focusing on post-evaluation follow up of joint identified weaknesses in core capacities, the third part focusing on cross country collaboration in emergencies, the fourth part on assessing the usefulness of including exercises and after action reviews in evaluations of preparedness.

  1. Participating lower GNI countries who have not conducted a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) supported to get prepared for an external assessment of their IHR Core Capacity, i.e. JEE or other agreed standardised external evaluation process; countries helped in the assessment of capacity for future development and sustainability of necessary core capacity as required by IHR and Decision 1082/2013/EU;
  2. Participating lower GNI countries that have conducted a JEE; assisted by addressing problem areas identified in the post JEE country reports.
  3. Challenges in national and international collaboration between governments and national authorities identified, and measures elaborated for the operationalization of obligations related to response from health systems, cross-sectoral efforts and effective assistance between Member States when needed.
  4. The usefulness of using information from national and international exercises and after action reviews in assessing the state of public health preparedness in the EU evaluated.

Deliverables

  • Work plan
    Detailed work plan of WP5 including activities to determine the challenges and gaps that must be addressed to improve IHR implementation and response and preparedness planning.
  • Reports on improving IHR implementation
    Reports on knowledge and practices and added value of external evaluation processes and facilitating strengthening of selected core capacities in the EU and neighbouring countries
  • Report on international collaboration between authorities during crises
  • Report on the use of exercises and AAR as part of monitoring for IHR (2005) core capacities and implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU at the European level

Milestones

  • WP5 Workshop 1
  • Table-top exercise
  • WP5 Workshop  2
  • WP5 Workshop 3

Work package lead: FOHM

People and partners

Work package lead: FOHM Anders Wallensten, anders.wallensten(at)folkhalsomyndigheten.se

Co-lead: HD

Updates

A Background Paper (October 2019) presented an analysis of IHR strengths and weaknesses among the WP5 countries based on country SPAR and JEE reports and telephone interviews.

The first of three annual workshops Annual Workshop 1 of 3 on IHR Core Capacity Strengthening and Assessment took place in Riga, Latvia (January 2020). Forty-five professionals representing 15 countries shared insight on their own country’s IHR implementation, current challenges and future work. The areas of focus were AMR-Stewardship, Risk Communication, Chemicals and Biosafety and Biosecurity. The second workshop, on risk communications, took place in March 2021.

A tool based on the WHO-Benchmarking resource for countries to report their assessment scores from SPAR and select individual activities in the four areas during the JA was presented.

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