The PAHO Detection, Verification and Risk Assessment (DVA) team is part of the PAHO Health Emergencies Department, under the Health Emergency Information & Risk Assessment Unit (HIM), and one of its functions is to serve as the WHO International Health Regulations Regional Contact Point.

As the WHO International Health Regulations Regional Contact Point, the PAHO DVA team provides support for Member States of the Region of the Americas in establishing and implementing functional integrated early warning and response systems in order to improve early detection and rapid response to epidemic-prone diseases with pandemic potential and other public health emergencies.

The DVA team collaborates with WHO headquarters, Regional Offices, PAHO Country Offices and Member States in carrying out:

Background 

PAHO continues to track the evolving infectious disease situation, as well as events related to contaminated goods, food safety, or of chemical or radionuclear origins, to alert Member States, when needed, as well as to share technical expertise, and mount the kind of response needed to protect populations from the consequences of epidemics, whatever and wherever might be their origin. Read more...