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Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the CongoDisease Outbreak News, 04 August 2018: On 28 July 2018, the North Kivu Provincial Health Division notified the Ministry of Health of the...
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WHE Peter Salama Press Briefing on Ebola outbreak in DRC03 August 2018, GenevaWHO Deputy Director General Dr Peter Salama addressed the press in a conference on 03 August 2018 with an update on the...
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Ministry of Health, WHO and partners conduct first mission to evaluate Ebola outbreak in Mangina, in North Kivu.Beni, 03 August 2018 - The Ministy of Health (MOH) conducted a  joint mission...

About Us

We are a WHO network of over 200 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.
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
Federal University Oye Ekiti Nigeria
Fondation Merieux France
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut – Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI) Germany
German Armed Forces Medical Service, GER Ministry of Defence Germany
Global Virus Network
GOARN Secretariat Switzerland
Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention China
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)
Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) Ireland
Hokkaido University Research Center for Zoonosis Control Japan

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.

More than 306,000 people in Yemen, including over 164,000 children under the age of 15, were vaccinated against cholera as part of a joint WHO-UNICEF campaign that concluded...
The Conference of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) today opens its eighth session (COP 8), with a v...
The world will not reach the goal of universal sanitation coverage – where every person in the world has access to toilets that safely contain excreta – by 2030 unless...
Heads of state and government today committed to 13 new steps to tackle noncommunicable diseases including cancers, heart and lung diseases, stroke, and diabetes, and to...
World leaders meeting today at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly have committed to ensure that 40 million people with tuberculosis (TB) receive the care they need by...
The response to the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a critical juncture, threatened by worsening insecurity...

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 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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