International Health Regulations Orientation Programme

Why an IHR Orientation Programme?

The IHR Orientation Programme aims to contribute to effective implementation of the IHR in respective countries by ensuring a consistent understanding of the State Party rights and obligations of persons who perform IHR functions within 3 months of their assignment.

For whom?

This programme is designed for newly appointed:

  • National IHR Focal Points (NFPs) and WHO IHR Contact Points
  • IHR Stakeholders
  • Ministry Officials and senior managers who have some responsibility for public health security in their country.

The IHR Orientation Programme is also meant for professionals already fulfilling these functions to consolidate their knowledge on selected areas based on their specific needs.

What is the content of the programme?

The IHR Orientation Programme is composed of 3 learning blocks including various modules:

01IHR Essentials:

  • IHR1 Health security in the context of IHR
  • IHR2 Overview of the IHR
  • IHR3 Overview of NFPs
  • IHR4 Multisectoral collaboration in the context of IHR
  • IHR5 IHR Monitoring and Evaluation framework - Basic
  • IHR6 National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) and IHR core capacities

02NFP Specifics:

  • NFP1 Overview of NFP Functions - Advanced
  • NFP2 NFP center accessibility 24/7/365
  • NFP3 Urgent communications with the regional WHO IHR Contact Point
  • NFP4 Dissemination of information to relevant national sectors
  • NFP5 Consolidating input from relevant national sectors
  • NFP6 Conditions enabling NFP functions
  • NFP7 Competencies to perform NFP functions effectively

03Technical Areas:

  • TEC1 National legislation, policy and financing
  • TEC2 IHR coordination, communication and advocacy
  • TEC3 Antimicrobial resistance
  • TEC4 Zoonotic diseases
  • TEC5 Food safety
  • TEC6 Biosafety and biosecurity
  • TEC7 Immunization
  • TEC8 National laboratory system
  • TEC9 Surveillance
  • TEC10 Reporting
  • TEC11 Human resources
  • TEC12 Emergency preparedness
  • TEC13 Emergency response operations
  • TEC14 Linking public health and security authorities
  • TEC15 Medical countermeasures and personnel deployment
  • TEC16 Risk communication
  • TEC17 Points of Entry
  • TEC18 Chemical events
  • TEC19 Radiation emergencies
  • TEC20 IHR Monitoring and Evaluation framework - Advanced

How is the programme designed?

The content of the programme varies depending on users functions and related learning needs. The programme enables you to define YOUR “IHR learning pathway” tailored to your specific needs. Four options are available:

NFP Learning Pathway:

for professionals at the NFP and WHO IHR Contact Points. This pathway is composed of the modules included in Learning Block 1 IHR Essentials plus the 7 modules included in Learning Block 2 NFP Specifics.

IHR Stakeholder Learning Pathway:

for professionals working in relevant sectors responsible for the implementation of IHR at the national level, including IHR Points of Contact in various government sectors (i.e. from food and agriculture, transport, travel and trade, education, defence, etc.) and professionals from non-government sectors relevant to IHR implementation (from other UN agencies, NGOs, private sector, etc.). This learning pathway will be composed of all modules included in Learning Block 1 IHR Essentials, plus 4 modules of Learning block 3 Technical Areas.

IHR Executive Learning Pathway:

for Ministry officials and senior managers who have some responsibility for public health security, especially those who oversee IHR focal points. This pathway is composed of key information contained in learning blocks 1 IHR Essentials, 2 NFP Specifics and 3 Technical Areas.

"A la carte" Learning Pathway:

for all professionals or students interested in learning about the IHR. This pathway will be composed by the learner himself based on his areas of interest. To engage in this pathway learners may self-assess their learning needs on IHR related areas, or simply select the modules they wish to complete.

How to start?

Start by assessing your learning needs with a self-assessment questionnaire. Upon submission of your answers you will be offered a tailor-made learning pathway. Ministry officials and senior managers can skip the self-assessment questionnaire and register directly to the IHR Executive Learning Pathway.