Risk Assessment of IHR (2005) Compliant Nations
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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Accelerated globalization, routine air travel, interdependent economies, and urbanization all increase the chance that re-emerging and drug-resistant diseases will spread to vulnerable populations worldwide. In 2005, the World Health Organization member states passed the revised International Health Regulations (IHR) which obligates state parties to develop and sustain laboratory capacities necessary to detect, report, and respond to local public health crises before they become international catastrophes. The study will assess if and how national compliance with the revised IHR changes the biosecurity risk profile of a nation or region. In order to examine the ways strengthened national laboratory capabilities impact biosecurity and biosafety, a systematic assessment is needed particularly in nations and regions with previously underdeveloped capacities.
FY 2013-2014. Project Lead: Rebecca Katz