Surveillance, Response, and Responsibilities in the 2005 International Health Regulations

The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks

Author/s (editor/s):

Sara E. Davies, Jeremy Youde

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Book chapter

Sara E. Davies and Jeremy Youde, ‘Surveillance, Response, and Responsibilities in the 2005 International Health Regulations’, in Sara E. Davies and Jeremy Youde, eds, The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks: The New Frontiers for States and Non-State Actors, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015, pp. 9-22.

This chapter focuses on the political impact of two key elements that were introduced in the revised 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR) that directly engage the role of the individual as much as the state and the World Health Organization (WHO): recognition of human rights principles in outbreak response, and the allowance for non-state actors to directly communicate with WHO and share outbreak surveillance intelligence.

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