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25.06. - 29.06.2018: IHR Summer School 2018: for partner countries in Africa, Berlin



In today’s highly mobile and inter-connected world, public health 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.

Within the German Health Ministry's Global Health Protection Programme, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) organises an annual course treating IHR core capacities of interested partner countries by strengthening them at an institutional and societal level, especially regarding Public Health surveillance, early warning and response mechanisms. This also falls into the institute's terms of reference as WHO Collaborating Centre for Emerging Infections and Biological Threats, through which the RKI seeks to assist with IHR implementation 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 2018 IHR Summer School will include 25 key Public Health professionals who are staff from National Public Health Institutes and Ministries of Health (MoH) from selected African countries (Burkina Faso, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Tunisia).


  • 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 designated PoE (Hamburg Port Health Authority) 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 simulation 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, GIZ 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







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