Joint Exterior Analysis course of initiated in Serbia

The Serbian Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the WHO country office in Serbia and with the support of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, initiated a joint external evaluation process (JEE) with a JEE orientation workshop in Belgrade on July 5 and 6, 2018.

The aim of the workshop was to support relevant national representatives from several sectors in carrying out a self-assessment of the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) in Serbia. She had planned to submit the self-assessment report before the planned JEE mission, which is to take place in October 2018.

The workshop was attended by 43 participants representing 13 different ministries, institutions, agencies and services of the Government of Serbia. Cross-sectoral representation, as demonstrated in the workshop, is key to ensuring broad engagement and close collaboration throughout the JEE process and beyond to strengthen IHR implementation.

During the 2-day program, technical experts acted as focal points in various specialist groups for self-evaluation to familiarize themselves with the JEE tool and process. The presentations explained the relevant context of the IHR monitoring and assessment framework, the emergency preparedness and response cycle and the current status of IHR implementation in Serbia.

The experts initiated the self-evaluation process in extensive group work sessions. The exercises included completing the JEE Self-Assessment Workbook, using the JEE Self-Assessment Tool and its Assessment System, and presenting the results for each technical area in the manner required for the upcoming October 2018 external mission.

The finished workbook for JEE self-assessment represents the last phase of the first phase of the JEE process. It is shared with the external JEE experts before the mission.

The workshop ended with an agreement on the next steps and a detailed schedule for the upcoming process.

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