WHO – Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (2005) during the COVID-19 Response

Milestones :: Perspectives :: Research


WHO – Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (2005) during the COVID-19 Response
The Committee begins its work on 8 and 9 September 2020 and will meet regularly and report on its progress, through the Director-General, to WHO Governing Bodies.

World Health Assembly resolution WHA73.1 requested the WHO Director-General, inter alia, to initiate a stepwise process of impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation of the WHO-coordinated international health response to COVID-19, including by using existing mechanisms such as the Review Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR).

In line with the resolution, the WHO Director-General has convened a Review Committee under the IHR:
[1] to review the functioning of the IHR during the COVID-19 response; and
[2] the status of implementation of the relevant recommendations of previous IHR Review Committees.


Dr Preben Aavitsland
Senior Consultant, Professor, Domain for infectious disease prevention, health and the
environment, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
Dr Ximena Aguilera
Director, Center of Epidemiology and Health Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad del
Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
Dr Yasir Ibrahim Ahmed
Medical Director and Senior Consultant, Medical Hospital, Maldives
Dr Seif Salam Al-Abri
Director General for Disease Surveillance and Control at the Ministry of Health of Oman
Colonel (retired) Vincent Anami
Continent Representative (Africa), Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine,
Uniformed Services University of the Health and Sciences, Friends International Centre,
Nairobi, Kenya
Dr Thouraya Annabi Attia
Former Director of Health Protection and Control, National Agency of Health Protection, Ministry of Health, Tunisia
Dr Carmen Aramburu
Director of Health and Social Policy, Delegation of the Spanish Government in Catalonia,
Dr Kalpana Baruah
Joint Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare, New Delhi, India
Professor Lucille Blumberg
Deputy Director, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory
Service, Johannesburg, South Africa
Ms Malinee Chittaganpitch
Medical Scientist Advisor, Department of Medical Sciences, MoPH Thailand
Mr John Lavery
Executive Director, Health Emergency Management British Columbia, Provincial Health
Services Authority, Canada
Professor James LeDuc
Director of Galveston National Laboratory, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston,
United States of America
Dr Dexin Li
Former Director, National Institute for Viral Diseases Control and Prevention, Chinese Center
for Disease Control and Prevention, People’s Republic of China
Dr Rinat Maksyutov
Director General, Federal Budgetary Research Institution – State Research Center of Virology
and Biotechnology VECTOR, Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection
and Human Well-being, Koltsovo, Russian Federation
Dr Talat Mokhtari Azad
Director, Iranian National Influenza Center, Department, Tehran University of Medical
Sciences, School of Public Health, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Dr Mohamed Moussif
Chief of Public Health, Mohammad V International Airport, and National Coordinator of the
Points of Entry Program, Morocco
Ms Olubunmi Ojo
Former Director, Disease Surveillance, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Abuja, Nigeria
Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele
Public health consultant, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dr Tomoya Saito
Director, Department of Health Crisis Management, National Institute of Public Health of
Dr Amadou Alpha Sall
Director, Institut Pasteur de Dakar and WHO Collaborating Center for Arboviruses and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, Senegal
Dr Mark Salter
Consultant in Global Health, Public Health England, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Professor Myongsei Sohn
Professor Emeritus, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
Professor Lothar H. Wieler
President of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany
International Health Regulations (IHR) Secretariat