Provides international public health resources to control outbreaks and public health emergencies across the globe.

About us


We are a WHO network of over 250 technical institutions and networks globally that respond to acute public health events with the deployment of staff and resources to affected countries. Coordinated by an Operational Support Team based at the WHO headquarters in Geneva and governed by a Steering committee, we aim to deliver rapid and effective support to prevent and control infectious diseases outbreaks and public health emergencies when requested.

GOARN Steering Committee

The Steering Committee (SCOM) of the Global outbreak alert and response network (GOARN) is a representative body of 21 partner institutions that oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Network activities and strategic goals. The Committee fulfills the following functions:

  • approving and monitoring the implementation of the Network’s work plan
  • approving the terms of reference and monitoring the activities of Technical Working Groups and Standing Sub-Committees
  • approving the addition of new institutions/organizations/networks to the Network.
  • advocating for the network and representing the network at key public health events.

GOARN Operational Support Team

The GOARN Operational support team (OST) is based at the World health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and in various WHO Regional Offices supporting outbreak response at the regional level. The OST facilitates the day to day running of the network and coordinates outbreak response missions, network activities and communications for the Network. You can reach the Operational support team for more information on how to get involved with GOARN.


What we do

Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network

News and events

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Go.Data webinar: “Transition of the Go.Data tool to open source”, Wednesday 24 April 2024, 14:00–15:00 CET

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Communications and community engagement interim guidance on using inclusive language in understanding, preventing and addressing stigma and discrimination related to monkeypox


Stories from the field

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Nursing/Midwifery and Epidemiology

Regina Singer

Public Health Intelligence Officer

Ximena Tolosa

Epidemiologist / Laboratory Scientist

Takuya Adachi


Projects and activities

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