This has been a long time coming – everyone wanted WHO to go back to their guidance after the 2009 Influenza pandemic and revise their materials based on the experience. The new interim guidance was published on 10 June 2013.
This interim guidance replaces the 2009 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response: a WHO guidance document.
Key highlights include the following:
- Focus upon risk assessment at national level to guide national level actions
- Revised approach to global phases
- Flexibility through uncoupling of national actions from global phases
- Inclusion of principles of emergency risk management for health
- New and updated annexes on planning assumptions, ethical considerations, whole-of-society approach, business continuity planning, representative parameters for core severity indicators, and containment measures.
With all of the current disease threats in the world – MERS CoV, H5N1, and H7N9, it is timely. I encourage all of my fellow emergency management and BCP professionals to download it and the FAQs and go back and look at your pandemic plan now. Time is a wasting! ;-)