Managing Acute Public Health Events: A World Health Organization Perspective
The role of the World Health Organization in managing acute public health events relies on two principles. First of all, strong national public health systems that can maintain active surveillance of diseases and public health events; rapidly investigate detected events; report and assess public health risk; share information; and implement public health control measures. Second, an effective global system that supports disease control programmes to contain public health risks by assessing global trends on a continuous basis and preparing to respond to unexpected and internationally spreading events with a potential for international relevance.
KeywordsPublic Health System Public Health Risk Public Health Emergency Public Health Event International Health Regulation
The authors are, or have been affiliated with the World Health Organization. The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this publication and they do not necessarily represent the decisions, policy or views of the World Health Organization.
The authors of this short paper wish to acknowledge and thank several reviewers upon whose work this paper is based. These include members of the Alert and Response Operations team, the Global Capacities, Alert and Response Department, and the Health Security and Environment Cluster, inter alia, Paul Cox, Patrick Drury, Angela Merianos, Bruce Plotkin, Faith McLellan and Cathy Roth.
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