Sultanate Hosts Joint External Evaluation Meeting of (IHR) 2005
Sultanate Hosts Joint External Evaluation Meeting of (IHR) 20053/4/2017
Organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 which is conducted by 17 external evaluation team of subject matter experts started on Sunday under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Hosni, MOH’s Undersecretary for Health Affairs at the Holiday Hotel, Muscat.
This 5-day in-country evaluation aims at measuring the progress on work implemented across the IHR Core Capacities. Following the mission of JEE, the World Health Organization (WHO) will share the assessment results with the rest of the world’s countries.
Nineteen Core Capacity will be evaluated that are divided into several components namely the prevention and outbreak control, public health hazards, and health events that includes the National Legislation, Policy and Financing, and IHR Coordination, Communication and Advocacy, in addition to Antimicrobial resistance, biosafety and biosecurity, national laboratories and public health, epidemiological surveillance, reporting, and workforce development.
the JEE tool involves further Response including Preparedness, Emergency Response Operations, Linking Public Health and Security Authorities, Medical Countermeasures and Personnel Deployment, and Points of Entry (PoE), and lastly Chemical Events and Radiation Emergencies.
Many national multi-sectorial experts participated in this peer-to peer review. The experts will conduct field visits that include hospitals, health centers, number of specialized laboratories, some ports and airports to identify and review the preparedness and mechanisms of health information exchange between the different authorities during outbreaks and public health emergency.
It is worth to mention that the Sultanate has started the preparation for this assessment since several months by holding various preparatory meetings that included all agencies in collaboration with the WHO as well as conducting self-evaluation meetings. A final report of this External Evaluation will be issued on the WHO and the relevant organizations websites to be utilized by other Nations with the aim of promoting world health security.