Disease Surveillance, Capacity Building and Implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR[2005])

BMC Public Health. 2010 Dec 3;10 Suppl 1:S1. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-S1-S1.

Disease surveillance, capacity building and implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR[2005]).

Katz RL, JA Fernandez, and SJN McNabb

At the December 2009 Meeting of States Parties of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), U.S. Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher committed the U.S. Government (USG) to engaging the global community to achieving and sustaining the capabilities to combat infectious diseases and protect against biological threats. Specifically, she committed the USG to a series of actions, including international meetings on global disease surveillance and implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR[2005]), designed to enhance global cooperation and provide momentum for sustained progress in this critical area. This journal supplement includes articles that capture key presentations from two meetings: the June 2010 workshop on Comprehensive Global Disease Surveillance held in Washington, D.C. and the August 2010 workshop on Implementation of the IHR(2005) held in Geneva, Switzerland. The supplement also highlights efforts underway to enhance disease surveillance and IHR(2005) implementation by global partners and frames the current USG efforts to enhance global cooperation in disease surveillance, capacity building, biothreat reduction, and IHR(2005) implementation.

KEYWORDS: Infectious diseases, International Health Regulations