International Health Regulations (IHR)

Assessment of International Health Regulations Capacities

I was the key epidemiology expert of the EU funded project Public Health Reform 2 in Bosnia. One component of this project had the objective to assess the capacities to implement the International Health Regulations (IHR).

An innovative assessment strategy approach was implemented through the folllowing steps:

(a) Appointment, training and supervision of Local Focal Points (LFP), which were the liaison between the decentralized entities in Bosnia and the National Focal Point.

(b)Adaptation of the IHR questionnaire proposed by WHO to assess the local capacities at the decentralized level. This tool was used by the IHR LFP to collect information on the local capacities that contribute to the IHR capacities. The information was provided to the IHR NFP to build the national assessment of the IHR capacities.