We are IHR Ghana
The International Health Regulations (2005) or "IHR (2005)" are an international law which helps countries work together to save lives and livelihoods caused by the international spread of diseases and other health risks.
The world has been implementing these regulations since 15 June 2007. This legally-binding agreement significantly contributes to global public health security by providing a new framework for the coordination of the management of events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern, and will improve the capacity of all countries to detect, assess, notify and respond to public health threats.
Ghana conducted its core capacity assessment for surveillance and response in August 2011. The country further applied to WHO for an extension to June 2016 as the deadline to address the gaps that would enable Ghana achieve full capacity in implementation of IHR (2005).
The following functions are derived directly from the IHR(2005) and can be considered mandatory components of terms of reference for National IHR Focal Points:
1) Remaining accessible at all times for communications with WHO IHR Contact Points (via e-mail, telephone and/or fax
2) On behalf of the State Party concerned, sending to WHO IHR Contact Points urgent communications arising from IHR implementation, in particular under Articles 6-12 of IHR(2005)
3) Disseminating information to relevant sectors of the administration of the State Party concerned, including those responsible for surveillance and reporting, points of entry, public health services, clinics and hospitals, government departments and other sectors including NGO's
4) Consolidating input from relevant sectors of the administration of the State Party concerned, including those responsible for surveillance and reporting, points of entry, public health services, clinics and hospitals and other government departments