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Fueled by a novel virus, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demand on research to inform evidence-based response. Demonstration of efficacy and impact of interventions is even more...
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The COVID-19 epidemic has become a pandemic in a matter of 3 months since the first cases were reported internationally, spreading beyond China to all continents of the world. Each affected country...
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An outbreak of a new disease comes with many gaps in understanding- the biology of the disease, the virus transmission in human society, the disease perceptions of affected populations, and finally...

About Us

We are a WHO network of over 250 technical institutions and networks globally that respond to acute public health events with the deployment of staff and resources to affected countries. Coordinated by an Operational Support Team based at the WHO headquarters in Geneva and governed by a Steering committee, we aim to deliver rapid and effective support to prevent and control infectious diseases outbreaks and public health emergencies when requested. Find out more.

The Steering Committee (SCOM) of the Global outbreak alert and response network (GOARN) is a representative body of partner institutions that oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Network activities and strategic goals. Read more  
The GOARN Operational support team is based at the World health organization office in Geneva comprising of 8 staff members. The OST sustains the network and coordinates outbreak response missions, network activities and communications for the Network.

Our Partners

Titlesort descending Country
Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ethiopia
African Coalition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training (ALERRT) United Kingdom
African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) Uganda
Aix-Marseille University France
American University of Beirut Medical Center Lebanon
Amref Health Africa Kenya
Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) United Kingdom
APEC Emerging Infections Network (EINET) United States of America (the)
ARM Network (Australian Response MAE Network) Australia
Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) United States of America (the)

Alert and response

GOARN engages staff and resources from partner institutions to support countries in the control of disease outbreaks or public health emergencies.


Networks and institutions

GOARN fosters regional and global networks of institutions to deliver a comprehensive response to public health emergencies when needed.


Training and standard setting

With over 16 years of experience in international outbreak response, GOARN delivers state of the art training for field response and standards for collaborative public health alert and response network.

      COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk of diseases like...
A detailed analysis of human African trypanosomiasis data systematically collected by WHO in the years 2000-2018 in the HAT Atlas was published in PloS NTDs showing the...
The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN 083) study on the safety and efficacy of the long-acting injectable antiretroviral drug cabotegravir (CAB LA), for pre-exposure...
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency today signed a new agreement to strengthen and advance public health services for the millions of...
World No Tobacco Day 2020 awards - the winners
The Smithsonian Science Education Center, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)—a partnership of 140 national...

Non-commercial entities and institutions with an ability to support outbreak control and public health emergencies are welcome to the network. If you are interested in joining GOARN, please email us at goarn@who.int for additional details


Global outbreak alert and response network (GOARN) WHE/EMO, Office E225,
Avenue Appia 20,
1211 Geneva 27,

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+ 41 22 791 21 11
+ 41 22 791 31 11

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