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IHR Event Assessment and Reporting- The CDC Experience


Presented: Thursday, January 12, 2012

This presentation will describe the implementation of assessment and reporting of public health events under the IHR framework by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The presenter will discuss the process of assessment and reporting using real life examples of potential Public Health Emergencies of International Concern reported to the World Health Organization by CDC via the U.S. National Focal Point.

The International Health Regulations (2005) came into effect in 2007 and mandate that each signatory country be capable of detecting, analyzing, reporting, and responding to a public health event of international concern by 2012.  Some countries are capable of this at present, but these are generally clustered in resource-limited settings.  Many more countries will not be fully capable of compliance by 2012, some because of insufficient surveillance systems. 

The ISDS Global Outreach Committee, in order to provide a learning opportunity to better understand the IHR requirements and data elements required by the World Health Organization (WHO), has put together a webinar series. 


Presenter: Dr. Katrin Kohl, MD, PhD, MPH/DTM

Deputy Director, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention