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Report of the Pan European Meeting on International Health Regulations: Implementation Status and Strategies

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PAN EUROPEAN MEETING ON
INTERNATIONAL HEALTH REGULATIONS: IMPLEMENTATION STATUS AND STRATEGIES

Copenhagen, Denmark
1-2 October 2013

Report

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REPORT OF THE PAN EUROPEAN MEETING ON INTERNATIONAL HEALTH REGULATIONS:
IMPLEMENTATION STATUS AND STRATEGIES


Military health services have a major role in supporting public health under IHR

Apart from the recognized security and logistics role in disaster response, military health services have unique capabilities that can contribute to global public health under the International Health Regulations (IHR) framework.

A meeting of experts on military health and IHR was held jointly by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) in Copenhagen, Denmark on 1-2 October 2013. They concluded that IHR, as the framework for global health security, may be supported by military health services in detection, assessment, and response to public health events.

The meeting aimed at increasing awareness of IHR among European military health services as well as at developing strategies and identifying barriers to military health service support of IHR. Participants were from multiple European countries military health services, along with WHO, ICMM and NATO participation.

Military populations are unique and may have unique exposures. Surveillance systems in these populations can contribute to early warning (e.g. 2009 pandemic influenza) via IHR mechanisms. Additionally, military medical services may have special laboratory diagnostic capability that can detect new outbreaks or pathogens in either civilian or military populations.

Meeting participants discussed the important and unique contribution military health services can make to country compliance of IHR. They focused on situations where IHR reporting requirements are complicated by deployment or conflict.

The ICMM and WHO have longstanding cooperation since 1952.

 
Links:
http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/emergencies/international-health-regulations/multisectoral-collaboration/defense

http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/emergencies/international-health-regulations

Download:
Consensus statement from ICMM-WHO Euro