PHEIC

In this article we will discuss PHEIC

Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

  • A PHEIC is defined in the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005) as, “an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response”. This definition implies a situation that is:
  • Serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected;
  • Carries implications for public health beyond the affected State’s national border; and
  • May require immediate international action.
  • The declaration of PHEIC would lead to boosting public health measures, funding and resources to prevent and reduce global spread.
  • The WHO has declared five global emergencies in the past decade, including the Ebola epidemic

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