Updated Country Preparedness and Response Status for COVID-19 as of 13 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed nations around the world at risk. All countries are expected to prepare and respond to the crisis in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. An initial categorisation of countries is necessary to implement the global planning process, as well as identify the overall response required. This document provides the preliminary country categorisation list.
- Countries with fragile health systems and with weak preparedness capacity for technical and operational implementation must be prioritised.
- Support will be facilitated through initiatives at global, regional, and country level. Allocation will be based on identified needs and the availability of funds.
- The preliminary categorisation of countries is based on the following
- Operational readiness capacities based on the IHR (2005) State Parties Annual Reporting (SPAR) tool, which is a self-assessment.
- Current position on a continuum of response scenarios: preparedness, high-risk of imported cases, imported cases, localized transmission, and community transmission.
- Operational readiness categorisation was refined based on additional information from voluntary external evaluations, pandemic influenza preparedness plans, country readiness assessment for health emergencies, missions to the countries, as well as the most up-to-date country specific COVID-19 situation analyses.
- Categorisation will be updated regularly based on the evolving COVID-19 situation in each country and specific country risk and capacity assessments which will be conducted to identify key response requirements as the situation evolves.
This document was originally published on the WHO website.