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Table 3 National IHR Focal Points (NFPs) concerns about early communication with World Health Organization (WHO) and with NFPs from neighboring countries regarding a potential public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)

From: Descriptive review and evaluation of the functioning of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Annex 2

NFP concerns regarding early communication Communication with WHO country and regional offices
(n = 133)
Communication with NFPs from neighboring States Parties
(n = 133)
  Yes (%) Yes (%)
Early communication may unnecessarily raise alarm in WHO 31 (23.3%) 15 (11.3%)
Early communication may unnecessarily raise alarm in my government 33 (24.8%) 20 (15.0%)
Early communication may unnecessarily raise alarm in the government of a neighboring country 21 (15.8%) 41 (30.8%)
Early communication may create unnecessary media attention 37 (27.8%) 33 (24.8%)
Early communication may result in unnecessary trade/travel restrictions 24 (18.0%) 29 (21.8%)
Early communication may overburden country and regional offices and NFPs 14 (10.5%) 15 (11.3%)
Early communication utilizes our limited telephone communications budget 6 (4.5%) 4 (3.0%)
None of the above 56 (42.1%) 60 (45.1%)
Other 8 (6.0%) 6 (4.5%)