Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:47
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...
Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:48
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...
Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:48
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 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.
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  

Our Partners

Title Countrysort descending
Ministry of Health and Prevention United Arab Emirates, Emergency - Crisis - Disaster Operations Center
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)
WHO Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO)
Stavropol Antiplague Research Institute
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), KIT Biomedical Research
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
University of Nebraska Medical Center

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.

WHO and UNICEF today issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all...
WHO is deeply alarmed by reports of the suspected use of toxic chemicals in Douma city, East Ghouta. According to reports from Health Cluster partners, during the shelling of...
Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from WHO, Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and...
On 7 April, World Health Day, the World Health Organization marks its 70th anniversary. Over the past 7 decades, WHO has spearheaded efforts to rid the world of killer...
Donors have pledged an additional US$15.3 million to support quick action by the World Health Organization to tackle disease outbreaks and humanitarian health crises through...
A warm welcome to all meeting participants! I sincerely regret not being able to join you this week to take part in your discussions. However, I know that several members of...

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,

Phone & Fax

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

Contact Us

1 + 15 =