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Evolution and Impact of International Health Regulations


Dr. Jamechia Hoyle discusses the evolution and significance of International Health Regulations (IHR).

Originally known as International Sanitary Regulations (ISR), they were established in 1969 to monitor and control diseases like cholera and smallpox. Over time, IHR expanded their scope to cover all public health concerns, including chemical and biological events, with the goal of preventing global disease spread. Despite being legally binding, the IHR(2005) lacked consequences for non-compliance, posing a global health risk due to the inability of many nations to meet core capacities.

Review Questions:

  • How did the International Health Regulations (IHR) evolve from their origins as International Sanitary Regulations, and why was this evolution necessary?
  • What challenges and limitations are associated with the IHR(2005), especially concerning the enforcement of core capacities among member states?
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