Under the IHR, States Parties are required to notify WHO of “all events which may constitute a public health emergency of international concern” as determined through an algorithm: the Decision Instrument contained in Annex 2 of the IHR. The purpose of the following web-based tutorials is to support staff of National IHR Focal Points and others responsible for assessing public health events that may require notification to WHO. The tutorials on Annex 2 take into account the recommendations made by the IHR Review Committee and researchers, and aim to increase the sensitivity and consistency of the notification assessment process.
Each tutorial provides the opportunity to practice using the Decision Instrument and to benefit from the feedback from an expert panel. For a limited number of fictitious public health events the user will be requested to apply the four criteria set out in the Decision Instrument and to determine whether the fictitious events should be notified to WHO. Immediately after completion, the user can compare his/her assessment with the responses proposed by an expert panel as well as explanations for these responses. Participation in the tutorial remains anonymous, and the responses given can only be accessed and evaluated by the user.
Tutorial 2 is also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian.
Please feel free to send any feedback on the tutorial to Dr Helge Hollmeyer: