Zika Virus Disease
In February 2016, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Zika outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and called for a coordinated and multi-sectoral response through an inter-agency Strategic Response Framework. ICAO was assigned as the focal point for the aviation sector and implemented an Aviation Sector Group to coordinate activities and communicate with the World Health Organization (WHO) on this aspect. The group comprised of representatives from ICAO, IATA, ACI, IFALPA and ITF (International Transport Federation).
In November 2016, the Director General of WHO declared the end of the Zika PHEIC. However, the members of the Aviation Sector Group agreed to continue to function as a forum for representatives of ICAO and aviation industry groups, working together to share information and knowledge, identify areas of concern, evaluate and develop potential solutions or mitigation strategies for issues of shared concern.
In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO), together with partners, has developed technical guidance and training materials that can be used by countries to further strengthen their capacities to prepare and respond to Zika virus disease and complications.
More information can be found on the WHO's emergencies preparedness, response webpage.
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa
In August 2014, the Director General, World Health Organization declared the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), under the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005).
The situation in West Africa continues to change and so for the latest information, please refer to the World Health Organization website.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guidance document titled Travel and Transportation risk assessment: Ebola Interim guidance for public health authorities and the transport sector, which provides advice on raising the awareness of travelers and health care providers, as well as guidance for international air transport and the maritime sector on Ebola virus disease.
A copy of this publication can be found on the WHO's emergencies preparedness, response webpage.
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