Welcome to OpenWHO

OpenWHO is WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders.

Essential knowledge for outbreak response

OpenWHO is the first WHO platform to host unlimited users during health emergencies. It provides you with a fast and free way to obtain the latest scientific and operation know-how. With a dynamic interface, accessible through your computer and mobile device, OpenWHO offers off-line downloads, peer discussion boards and live briefings from ongoing health emergencies.
OpenWHO. Open to all anytime, from anywhere.


“Simulation Exercise Management Training” now available

This course will provide an overview of simulation exercises and how they play a key role in identifying the strengths and gaps in the development and implementation of preparedness measures. The use of exercises ensures that public health emergency response systems are in place to manage health emergencies. In the WHO Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response (WHE), simulation exercises play an important role in the work of many teams. These teams provide cross-cutting technical inputs, resources, facilitation and other services.


New course available: Developing and Updating National Deployment and Vaccination Plans for Pandemic Influenza Vaccines

This course provides a concise and easily accessible overview of planning considerations for countries to develop and update their national deployment and vaccination plans on the use and deployment of pandemic influenza vaccines.


New intermediate course available: IMS Tier 2 - Working in WHO’s Incident Management System

The learning package is comprised of 5 modules with audio narration and quizzes. It covers: (1) the key elements of WHO’s IMS and working in Emergency Operations Centres; (2) how the functional teams within the IMS work together; (3) the ethical standards that are required to be upheld by those deployed by WHO during an emergency; (4) how to work effectively in a team; and (5) the process of deploying and staying healthy.


“Introduction: Operational Readiness (Tier 1)” course now available

This course will provide an overview of the WHO Health Emergencies Operational Readiness program (OPR). The course offers an outline of Operational Readiness and presents the five minimum readiness standards as defined by WHO during the Global Meeting on Operational Readiness in December 2017. In two modules, the course will highlight how Operational Readiness can be achieved and applied to all hazards and emergencies. Modules 1 will review and describe to participants the core elements of OPR and how it is achieved, implemented to ensure countries, partners and WHO offices can increase their readiness to emergency response. Modules 2 will illustrate the 5 minimum OPR standards and explain how participants can support OPR at their levels and within their functions of work. This course is meant to assist and educate you to be an advocate of the Operational Readiness program.



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