The first ever Sensitization Workshop on the IHR- Joint External Evaluation (JEE) Workshop was held from 27th -28thSeptember 2017 at Thimphu. The workshop was organized by Emergency Medical Services Division (EMSD), Department of Medical Services and WHO Country Office, Bhutan with the technical support from SEARO Office, New Delhi, India.
JEE is a process to assess country’s capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. Through this process the most critical gaps within country health systems using multi-sectorial approach and One-health approach will be identified. It will also prioritize opportunities for enhanced preparedness and response. Through JEE, it will engage with current and prospective donors and partners to effectively target resources.
Although there has been significant progress in terms of IHR core capacities in Bhutan according to IHR Self-Monitoring questionnaire, it has not been evaluated by external people. Therefore, through this JEE, the actual gaps within the country could be identified which would further help in strengthening the current core capacities as per IHR (2005).
44 participants from more than 20 relevant stakeholders/agencies attended the workshop. During the workshop, the relevant stakeholders of IHR (2005) were sensitized on the JEE tools and the processes. In addition, focal persons were identified for 19 technical areas for JEE purposes.
The actual JEE will be conducted in December 2017 jointly by Ministry of Health, WHO Country Office Bhutan and SEARO.”