World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Gov't Doc #: EM/RC53/R.3 Agenda item 8 [b]
Type Of Publication : Regional Committee resolutions RC Resolution Fulltext The Regional Committee, Having reviewed the technical paper on regional strategy on preparedness and response for human pandemic influenza1; Recognizing
the significance and impact of the current outbreaks of avian influenza, and the potential gravity of the anticipated human pandemic influenza; Recognizing that implementation of the International Health Regulations is a significant step towards protection of the international community against the potentially devastating consequences of the pandemic influenza; 1. ENDORSES the WHO Eastern Mediterranean strategic plan for avian influenza and human pandemic influenza; 2. CALLS UPON Member States to: 2.1 Develop and/or strengthen their national strategic plans for preparedness and response to avian influenza and human pandemic influenza, including the establishment of a high level national committee comprising representatives from key ministries and concerned technical bodies who will oversee, coordinate and guide prompt response; 2.2 Ensure full transparency and timely exchange of information related to confirmed cases of avian influenza and human pandemic influenza, at all levels including communication of information to the public; 2.3 Initiate the development of the necessary public health capacities, including necessary laboratory services; 3. REQUESTS the Regional Director to: 3.1 Further support development of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Network for Outbreak Alert and Response to ensure prompt response to and containment of outbreaks of avian influenza and human pandemic influenza; 3.2 Further support and foster partnerships and resource mobilization necessary to facilitate coordination with other international agencies and WHO collaborating centres in establishing and strengthening influenza surveillance in Member States.
Keywords: Communicable Diseases,
( 2006).Regional strategy on preparedness and response for human pandemic influenza, World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean