Strategic Partnership for Health Security and Emergency Preparedness (SPH) Portal

An interactive digital platform that facilitates sharing and exchanging the latest information on multisectoral health security investments, activities, and capacities on a national, regional, and global scale. The World Health Assembly resolution "WHA A73/14" acknowledged the role of the SPH Portal as a central repository for data and reports on the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework assessments.

Country Profile

The SPH Portal offers comprehensive profiles for each Member State, which display crucial information on the country’s health security and emergency preparedness capabilities.

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Joint External Evaluation (JEE) Roster of Experts

The roster of experts was established to ensure effective support to the WHO Member States and the Regional Offices in the implementation of the Joint External Evaluations (JEE). This roster comprises technical experts with a wide range of expertise and professional experience required for effective evaluation of countries preparedness capacities for public health emergencies. Areas of expertise covered in the roster include the 19 IHR capacities that countries need to establish and sustain to be able to detect, prevent and respond effectively to public health emergencies. A filter is provided to facilitate the identification of experts for missions by a range of parameters, including area of experts, language, region of origin, gender and previous missions the expert has undertaken.

  • WHO Health Security Preparedness (HSP) Department - 2022: Achievements & Impact

    This annual report shares the work of the Health Security Preparedness department in a year full of achievements and opportunities. It underlines the department's commitment to sharing the visibility of our work on evidence-based health security preparedness information and actions for better-prepared countries. In this publication, you will read about our progress and impact in supporting Member States’ health security capacity to detect, prevent and respond to health emergencies in 2022 and the outlook for 2023.

  • Intra-Action Review

    A COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR) is a country-led facilitated process that allows stakeholders involved in the ongoing pandemic response to identify best practices, gaps, and lessons and propose corrective measures for sustained improvement.

  • Dynamic Preparedness Metric

    The Dynamic Preparedness Metric assesses the level of preparedness of countries to 5 acute syndromes using indicators from open-source data to represent risk dimensions of hazard, vulnerability and capacity. This metric will be essential for countries to prioritize and target interventions and capacity improvements that are the most impactful for their underlying threats and vulnerabilities.

  • One Health Operations

    In the context of the IHR Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, taking a One Health approach means including, from all relevant sectors, the national information, expertise, perspectives, and necessary experience to conduct assessments, evaluations, reporting and preparedness activities to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems.

  • Health Emergency Preparedness in Cities and Urban Settings

    Cities and urban settings are crucial to preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from health emergencies. Therefore enhancing the focus on urban settings is necessary for countries pursuing improved overall health security. Urban areas, especially cities, have unique vulnerabilities that need to be addressed and accounted for in health emergency preparedness. An unprepared urban setting is more vulnerable to the catastrophic effects of health emergencies and can exacerbate the spread of diseases.

  • Multisectoral Coordination for Health Security Preparedness

    Countries must be better prepared to detect and respond to public health threats. This is to prevent public health emergencies and their devastating impact on people’s lives and well-being, international travel and trade, national economies, and society. Public health challenges are complex and cannot be addressed by one sector alone. A holistic, multisectoral and multidisciplinary approach is needed to address gaps and advance coordination for emergency preparedness and health security. This is essential for implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.

  • Resource Mapping and Impact Analysis on Health Security Investment

    Under the WHO General Programme of Work (GPW 13), the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) contributes to the strategic priority to ensure that 1 billion more people are better protected from health emergencies. The WHO launched the resource mapping (REMAP) tool in 2018 to advance this effort and support Member States in strengthening core health security capacities by supporting country efforts to meet International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 requirements through the implementation of National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS).


Latest News

The SPH Portal displays news related to Health Security and Health Emergency Preparedness.

List of News
Urban Health Emergency Preparedness
Urban Preparedness
January 31, 2024
Human- Animal Interface - Newsletter - Nov-Dec 2023
One Health Operations
January 31, 2024
Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly
January 17, 2024
154th session of the Executive Board
January 17, 2024
WHO HSP Seasons' greetings
December 22, 2023
WHO HQ Technical Teams Workshop on NAPHS
November 28, 2023
BOQ, WHO and USAID strengthen public health emergency preparedness of the Philippines through functional exercises
Simulation Exercise
November 28, 2023
Response Preparedness Workshop OpenWho Launch
One Health Operations
November 10, 2023

Latest Documents

The SPH Portal displays a document library containing key information on Health Security and Health Emergency Preparedness.

List of Documents

Toolkit IAR

Tool 12. Conducting effective online COVID-19 intra-action reviews during the pandemic - 28 April 2021

Toolkit IAR

Tool 11. Conducting safe onsite COVID-19 intra-action reviews during the pandemic - 28 April 2021

Toolkit IAR

Tool 10. Exemplar story template - 28 April 2021

Toolkit IAR

Tool 9. Participant feedback form - summary table - 28 April 2021

Toolkit IAR

Tool 8. Participant feedback form - 28 April 2021

Toolkit IAR

Tool 7.b Final report template: Pillar 10, COVID-19 vaccination - 28 April 2021

Toolkit IAR

Tool 7.a Final report template - 28 April 2021

Toolkit IAR

Tool 6.b Note-taking template: Pillar 10, COVID-19 vaccination - 28 April 2021

IAR Guides

IAR Guidance - Spanish

Toolkit IAR

Tool 6.a Note-taking template - 28 April 2021

Calendar 2023

The SPH Portal displays past, current, and upcoming events related to Health Security and Health Emergency Preparedness.

List of Calendar
May 27, 2024 - June 01, 2024
Simulation Exercise Activities
February 15, 2024 - February 17, 2024
January 22, 2024 - January 27, 2024