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2017 IHR Summer School for South East Europe

3-7 July 2017 Berlin, Germany


In today’s highly mobile and inter-connected world, health security is a global issue. We must all protect ourselves, and each other, from threats such as infectious diseases, chemical and radiological events.

Through the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), countries have agreed to build their national surveillance and response capacities to detect, assess, notify and report public health events. The IHR (2005) also includes specific measures at points of entry (PoE) such as ports, airports and ground crossings to limit the spread of health risks to neighbouring countries.

As the WHO Collaborating Centre for Emerging Infections and Biological Threats, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Germany seeks to assist with IHR implementation via exchange with other countries and trainings, in co-operation with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Course aims and objectives
The aim of the IHR Summer School is to strengthen the IHR (2005) core capacities of interested partner countries especially regarding infectious disease surveillance, alert and response systems.

Key learning objectives:

  • Plan, co-ordinate, monitor and assess IHR implementation
  • Collect, analyse and disseminate critical public health information
  • Collaborate with other sectors engaged in the strengthening of core public health capacities

Target Audience
The 2017 IHR Summer School is aimed at 25-30 key Public Health professional from South East Europe:

  • working with or at national IHR Focal Points
  • actively involved in the implementation of IHR core capacities, particularly related to infectious disease surveillance, outbreak response and PoE.


  • Surveillance, risk assessment and response

    • IHR core capacities required for early detection, assessment and response
    • Identification and reporting of public health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC)
  • Points of Entry:

    • Capacities for routine activities and public health emergencies
    • Co-ordination and communication between national health surveillance systems and authorities at PoE
    • Day trip to a PoE (airport or port) to share the German experience and associated challenges
  • Inter-sectoral collaboration and communication
  • WHO Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

    • Preparation for, and experiences with, joint external evaluation, after action reviews and exercises


  • Pre-course e-learning module covering the fundamental aspects of the IHR
  • Scenario-based exercises
  • Exchange of experiences and knowledge via presentations from participating countries
  • Invited expert facilitators, from RKI and WHO-Europe, to guide group discussions

The course offers a platform for horizontal, collegial exchange. The formed national and regional networks are intended to bring about future exchange beyond the Summer School.

Working language: English

Course Fees/Financial Support:
For successful candidates, the participation is financed by the German Global Health Program.


Stand: 15.02.2017







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