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April 25, 2019

Governance Challenges to Implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005)

Event Series: Global Health Security Seminars

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The International Health Regulations (2005) are the most important document governing the responses to public health emergencies. Implementation of the IHR (2005) within a state creates several governance challenges. Dr. Kumanan Wilson and Lindsay Wilson will explore obstacles to effective implementation within federal states and challenges National IRH Focal Points (NFPs) may experience meeting IHR (2005) standards. They will further suggest potential solutions to these challenges, including leveraging new technologies.

Dr. Kumanan Wilson, M.D., M.S., FRCP(C), is a senior scientist and full professor at the Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa. His research has focussed on health policy, big data, and digital health. He is currently leading projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation and the World Health Organization. Dr. Wilson's team developed the pan-Canadian digital immunization platform CANImmunize.

Lindsay Wilson, M.S., is the lead of academic programs for Dr. Wilson's team and is leading the current WHO project examining the IHR (2005).

This event is part of the Global Health Security Seminar Series, co-sponsored by Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security and the Global Health Initiative. Over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, speakers in the series will address critical issues in global health in an effort to promote greater dialogue regarding pandemic preparedness across the university and the wider Washington D.C. community.