Operation of WHO Collaborating Centre for GOARN


Disease outbreaks and natural and man-made disasters pose severe threats to public health all over the world. Outbreak control, preparedness and response to public health emergencies are therefore needed on a global scale. The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) is a partnership established by the World Health Organization (WHO) to engage the resources of technical agencies beyond the United Nations for rapid identification, confirmation and response to public health emergencies of international importance. Over the past years, the activities of the WHO Collaborating Centre for GOARN at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) have contributed to improving the global operational infrastructure and strengthening capacity building for the response to disease outbreaks and other public health events globally. Aimed at multidisciplinary public health experts at GOARN partner institutions, this project seeks to further strengthen capacities for outbreak response and preparedness. Taking into account lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it seeks to build capacities in outbreak response team leadership, assist countries in outbreak response and support national outbreak preparedness. In this endeavour, priority is given to participants from crisis-affected partner countries, ensuring equal opportunities for women and men and promoting diversity in the training offered.


Strengthening capacities for preparedness and response to disease outbreaks and natural disasters in the WHO Member States by supporting GOARN.

Thematic priorities

  • Digital solutions
  • Outbreak management
  • Resolutions and international agreements
  • Strengthening of public health systems
  • Surveillance and reporting



01.01.2023 - 31.12.2025


ca. 810,000 Euro

Partner Countries

  • Worldwide

In Cooperation with

  • Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)

Implementing Institution

Robert Koch Institute


Dr. Basel Karo; Dr. Andreas Jansen
Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Nordufer 20, 13353 Berlin, Germany


  • Training and competence development

    Supporting WHO’s efforts under the GOARN training programme by designing and conducting training and practical exercises on international outbreak alert and response.

  • Networking and cooperation

    Fostering expert collaboration in and across African regions; strengthening interdisciplinary networking across technical areas, including surveillance, NCDI/MH monitoring and emergency preparedness and response.

  • Capacity development

    Providing technical support for WHO’s capacity building efforts in GOARN projects on Go.Data and Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) and conducting training in partner countries.