Global health emergency


August 14, 2022

A Global Health Emergency (also Public Health Emergency of International Concern, abbreviated PHEIC) is a declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) about "an emergency that definitely poses a risk to the health situation in other states as a result of international spread disease and possibly requires a coordinated international response”. This declaration is issued when a situation occurs that is serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected, that affects public health beyond the borders of the affected state and may require immediate action at the international level. According to the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR), states have a contractual obligation to declaration of a global health emergency respond quickly.

List of declarations

2009 - Mexican swine flu (H1N1 virus) 2014 – Polio 2014 - Ebola epidemic in West Africa 2016 - Zika fever (Zika virus) 2018–20 - Ebola 2020 - Pandemic covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) 2022 - Monkey Pox



This article used a translation of the text from the article Public Health Emergency of International Concern on the English Wikipedia.

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