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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
Norwegian National Unit for CBRNE Medicine at Oslo University Hospital Norway
Office of Health Protection, Department of Health (DOHA) Australia
One Health Switzerland
One Health Commission
One Health European Joint Programme (One Health EJP) France
One Health Institute, University of California, Davis United States of America (the)
Osaka University Japan
Our Lady of Snow Medical Juridical Corporation St. Marys Hospital Japan
Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) United States of America (the)
Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNG IMR) Papua New Guinea

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.

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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,

Phone & Fax

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

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