IHR 3.0 Simulator
Health crises of multiple natures - infectious, chemical or nuclear are growing worldwide. International Health Regulation (IHR) allows states and the international community to respond to these challenges. Recently, the H1N1 virus, the resurgence of poliomyelitis, the Ebola virus and the Zika virus, were all declared “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”.
What about tomorrow?
The IHR 3.0 Simulator was initiated by a consortium of European public universities in consultation with the WHO. Like a flight simulator for pilots, it aims at virtually training national focal points at distance. By analysing your responses and behaviours in real-time when placed in a virtual crisis situation, it will identify the potential shortcomings in the training of teams. It will also reinforce learning outcomes concerning the implementation of the International Health Regulations.
In practice, you will be placed within a management team in real-time for a simulated health crisis occurring in a given country. For 30 minutes, each of you will play a virtual role as a member of one of the following four teams: the Ministry of health of the affected country; other ministries of the country; World Health Organisation; or neighbouring countries. You will follow a news thread displaying the information that will allow you to take the decisions that are the most relevant to the crises within your role.
The IHR 3.0 simulator can be adapted to smartphones, iPads or laptops for the multiple-choice quiz given by the simulator. The answers, which will be kept anonymous will be analysed and then projected in real-time and discussed during the session.
The IHR 3.0 simulator was created in collaboration with the University of Geneva, EPFL, University Sorbonne Paris Cité and the French Ministry of Health.