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08.-12.06.2020, Berlin: IHR Summer School 2020 for partner countries in Africa



In today’s highly mobile and inter-connected world, health security is a global issue. We must all protect ourselves, and each other, from health 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 (2005) implementation via exchange with other countries and trainings, in co-operation with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Course aims and learning outcomes

The aim of the IHR Summer School is to strengthen the IHR (2005) core capacities of selected partner countries especially regarding infectious disease surveillance, alert and response systems. Regional cooperation and communication will also be strengthened.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Plan, co-ordinate, monitor and assess IHR (2005) implementation
  • Collect, analyse and disseminate critical public health information
  • Collaborate and communicate with other sectors engaged in the strengthening of core public health capacities

Target Audience

The 2020 IHR Summer School is aimed at 20-25 key public health professionals from selected African countries:

  • Working with or at IHR National Focal Points (IHR NFP)
  • Actively involved in the implementation of IHR (2005) core capacities, particularly related but not limited to:

    • National legislation and policy
    • IHR co-ordination, communication and advocacy
    • Infectious disease surveillance
    • Reporting
    • Public health emergency preparedness and response operations
    • Points of Entry (PoE)

Each selected country will be invited to nominate 3-4 participants through their IHR NFP.


  • Surveillance, risk assessment and response

    • IHR core capacities required for early detection, assessment, public health emergency preparedness and response operations
    • Identification of potential and reporting of Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC)
    • Activating and operating a public health emergency operations centre (EOC)
  • 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 designated Point of Entry (e.g. Hamburg port or Berlin airport) to share the German experience and associated challenges
  • Inter-sectoral collaboration and communication
  • Other IHR-related topics
  • WHO IHR (2005) Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

    • Outcomes of joint external evaluations and subsequent national planning
    • Preparation for, and experiences with, after action reviews and simulation exercises


  • Pre-course e-learning module covering the fundamental aspects of the IHR (2005)
  • Scenario-based inter-active exercises
  • Exchange of experiences, best practices and knowledge via group discussion and presentations from participating countries
  • Invited expert facilitators, e.g. from RKI, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Ministry of Health and WHO 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 candidates, the participation is financed by the German Global Health Protection Program.







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