What is the Joint External Evaluation?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has established a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for assessing country compliance with the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR). One pillar of the framework is the Joint External Evaluation (JEE).
The JEE is a voluntary process in which a team of internal and external experts jointly assess country capacity under the IHR to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats.
The JEE is completed in two-stages: an initial self-evaluation conducted by the host country using the JEE tool, and an in-country evaluation conducted by an external evaluation team of subject matter experts, done in close collaboration with the hose country.
When is Australia conducting a JEE?
Australia is undertaking a self-evaluation from February 2017 – October 2017. This process involves significant consultation across all levels of government and with a variety of agencies, expert bodies, public and private organisations.
The external evaluation phase of the JEE will occur from 24 November to 1 December 2017.
What happens after the JEE?
After the JEE is completed, the country develops a National Action Plan for Health Security, incorporating recommendations from the JEE findings.
What about JEEs in other countries?
Australia has provided expertise to JEEs in other countries within the Asia-Pacific region. Australia will continue to work with the WHO and health security partners to support the JEE program globally.