joint ICAO/WHO assistance visits to States and international airports, with a team of experts in aviation and public health to evaluate current capacity, identify areas which need strengthening, key priority actions and to facilitate training for aviation and health professionals who are involved in public health event preparedness planning in the aviation sector.
The visit usually takes two days and undertake a gap analysis of national/local preparedness plans against the relevant ICAO SARPs, the WHO International Health Regulations (2005), and associated guidance material to ensure that harmonized and relevant policies, training and communication procedures are in place. A confidential report is provided that helps the State to develop/improve its preparedness plan.
The visit is arranged upon request and on a cost-recovery basis, To date, approximately 80 Assistance Visits have been undertaken globally.
All States and international airports are invited to request an assistance visit to make sure that their preparedness level is up-to-date to manage public health events in aviation especially in view of the fact that disease outbreaks
are occurring more often and spreading more faster, imposing significant costs on human life and the global economy.
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