Global Health Security Discussed at High-Level Conference in Lyon

Created on Monday, 25 April 2016

Entitled “Solutions for strengthening the States’ capacities under IHR (2005)”, the High-Level Conference on Global Health Security took place on 22nd and 23rd March in Lyon, France and brought together key actors in the healthcare sector at international level. The Conference was organised by the French Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights and the European Commission, supported by the World Health Organisation and the Netherlands EU Presidency.

As the name suggests, the primary aim of the Conference was to encourage the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR). The IHR have been designed to ensure and improve the capacity of all countries to prevent, detect, assess, notify, report and respond to public health threats. As such, they are a cornerstone of global health security and should form the basis of strengthening health care systems throughout Europe.

The first day of the Conference was dedicated to assessing and building the capacities of individual countries, whereas day two of the Conference explored the ways current health care systems could be strengthened and cross-sectoral commitment. The Conference presented individual country experiences in the implementation of IHR and discussed future cooperation possibilities between countries to better tackle disease outbreaks and prevent crises.

The Flash Report from the Conference is available here.