Title

The Revised International Health Regulations: A Framework For Global Pandemic Response

Document Type

Report

Publication Date

2010

Journal

Global Health Governance

Volume

Volume 3

Keywords

Health Administration and Organization; Global Health

Abstract

The 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak tested the revised International Health Regulations [IHR (2005)] robustly for the first time. The IHR (2005) contributed to swift international notification, allowing nations to implement their pandemic preparedness plans while Mexico voluntarily adopted stringent social distancing measures to limit further disease spread – factors that probably delayed sustained human-to-human transmission outside the Americas. While the outbreak revealed unprecedented efficiency in international communications and cooperation, it also revealed weaknesses at every level of government. The response raises questions regarding the extent to which the IHR (2005) can serve as a framework for global pandemic response and the balance between global governance of disease control measures and national sovereignty.

Comments

Report available from the Stimson Center's website. This is an open access publication; click on link for full-text access.

Peer Reviewed

1

Open Access

1