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Queen's University

The State of National Governance Relative to the New International Health Regulations

September 20-21, 2006 - IDRC Boardroom, Ottawa, Ontario

The Ottawa Workshop focused on the adequacy of existing and proposed national (or federal) governance systems to effectively implement the new International Health Regulations (IHR), which came into force in June 2007.

The IHR focus on public health capacities and networks to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases, including pandemics. The workshop included experts from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Russia, USA and WHO. The workshop was organized by the Public Agency of Canada; Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University; The Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria; and University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.

As research papers are developed based on the Ottawa workshop and its follow-up, they will either be posted on this site or this site will provide links where they can be found.


Kumanan Wilson, Barbara von Tigerstrom, and Christopher McDougall
Protecting Global Health Security Through International Health Regulations:requirements and challenges
Canadian Medical Association Journal, Volume 179, Number 1, July 1, 2008.

Kumanan Wilson, Christopher McDougall, David P Fidler and Harvey Lazar. 
Strategies for Implementing the New International Health Regulations in Federal Countries 
World Health Organization Bulletin. Volume 86, Number 3, March 2008.

Kumanan Wilson, Christopher McDougall, and Ross Upshur.
The New International Health Regulations and the Federalism Dilemma
Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine, Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2006.

Kumanan Wilson.
Pandemic Threats and the Need for New Emergency Public Health Legislation in Canada
Healthcare Policy, Volume 2, Number 2, 2006.

Kumanan Wilson and Harvey Lazar.
From SARS to Avian Flu - Why Ottawa Must Lead Canada's Response
Policy Options, February 2006

Kumanan Wilson and Harvey Lazar.
Planning for the Next Pandemic Threat: Defining the Federal Role in Public Health Emergencies
IRPP Policy Matters, Volume 6, Number 5, November 2005

Kumanan Wilson.
A Canadian Agency for Public Health: Could it work?
Canadian Medical Association Journal. Volume 170, Number 2, January 20, 2004.

Kumanan Wilson, Jennifer McCrea-Logie, and Harvey Lazar.
Understanding the Impact of Intergovernmental Relations on Public Health:
Lessons from Reform Initiatives in the Blood System and Health Surveillance
Canadian Public Policy, Volume 30, Number 2, 2004. 

Edward Mills, Rana Singh, Cory Ross, Edzard Ernest, Kumanan Wilson.
Impact of Federal Safety Advisories on Health Food Store Advice
Journal of General Internal Medicine, Volume 19, 2004.


List of Participants

Background Materials

Summary Programme with links to all Presentations

Edited Transcripts of Workshop Proceedings ( Day 1 ) ( Day 2 )

The Workshop Planning Team gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Institute of Intergovernmental Relations - Queen's University

Centre for Global Studies - University of Victoria

Joint Centre for Bioethics - University of Toronto

For additional information or inquiries, please contact:

Christopher McDougall
University of Toronto
Tel: (416) 340-4800 x 4254
Fax: (416) 595-5826

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000