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World Health Organization Joint External Evaluations in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2016-17

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Ijaz, Kashef
Thieren, Michel
Babich, Suzanne M
Jafari, Hamid
Mahjour, Jaouad
Published in Health security. 2018, vol. 16, no. 1, p. 69-76
Abstract By 2014, only 33% of countries had self-reported compliance with the International Health Regulations (2005), including 8 countries from the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). During the Ebola epidemic, the discovery of a gap between objective assessment and self-reports for certain IHR capacities prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to review and update the IHR monitoring and evaluation framework to include a voluntary objective review process, called Joint External Evaluation (JEE), that did not exist before. The regional committee for the EMR approved the JEE and encouraged its 21 member states to volunteer for reviews. Standardized processes and procedures were developed for conducting JEEs. Of the 52 JEEs completed to date globally, 14 (27%) are from the EMR. Three (21%) of 14 member states completing the JEE in the EMR have also worked on a post-JEE national action plan for health security (NAPHS). A survey conducted about the JEE experience from focal points in EMR member states underlined the strengths of the JEE process: its multisectoral and open discussion approach; standardization of the JEE process; WHO's critical role in supporting JEE preparation and conduct; and the need for guidance development for a costed NAPHS. The success of JEEs depends not only on proper preparations and completion of the JEE but also on the development of a country-led, owned, and costed NAPHS and its implementation, including financial commitments along with donor and partners' engagement and coordination.
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SAMHOURI, Dalia et al. World Health Organization Joint External Evaluations in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2016-17. In: Health security, 2018, vol. 16, n° 1, p. 69-76. doi: 10.1089/hs.2017.0066 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:109278

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