Federated States of Micronesia first Pacific Island Country to Complete the Joint External Evaluation of the International Health Regulations



August 13-17, 2018 – The FSM government became the first Pacific Island country to complete the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).  In his statement to the participants of the JEE, the Honorable Vice President Yosiwo P. George reaffirmed FSM government’s commitment to the implementation of the IHR 2005 and global health security. Recommendations of the technical experts will be provided to the FSM government as a means to further strengthen FSM health system.


The JEE is a voluntary process where a country is being evaluated by technical experts on its ability to meet the core capacities required under the IHR 2005 in areas of public health emergency and response.  Though the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs serves as the technical lead agency for the IHR 2005 on behalf of the FSM government, its implementation is multi-sectoral,  and multi-disciplinary as many of the areas fall outside the health domain such as animal health, quarantine, border control, legal framework, law enforcement, transportation, and disaster control.


Participating in the event were officials from the FSM state governments, the FSM National government, technical experts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WHO, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the Americas, and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).  Observing the JEE were government officials from the Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, and representatives of the Pacific Community (SPC).


Australia, Cambodia, Japan, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Viet Nam are the only countries in the WHO Western Pacific that have completed the JEE.