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OpenWHO is WHO’s 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.
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Antimicrobial Resistance

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This training toolkit by the European Laboratory Initiative for TB, HIV and Viral Hepatitis provides a unique combination of practical guidance and expert advice on the interpretation of selected WHO-endorsed tests for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). More specifically, it covers the latest guidance for the interpretation of rapid molecular assays for DR-TB by Cepheid (GeneXpert MTB/RIF and GeneXpert MTB/RIF Ultra) and Hain Lifescience (GenoTypeMTBDRplus VER 2.0 and GenoTypeMTBDRsl VER 2.0). Participants can exchange experiences through a course forum. Laboratory experts are available to address key questions via the forum and a dedicated pilot email service. The course is particularly relevant for laboratory experts who perform drug-susceptibility testing (DST) for TB and clinicians who use DST results in their routine clinical practice. We hope this training will help refine your practice, thereby strengthening the global capacity to diagnose DR-TB.

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Данный учебный курс Европейской Лабораторной Инициативы по туберкулёзу, ВИЧ и вирусным гепатитам представляет собой уникальное сочетание практического руководства и экспертных рекомендаций по интерпретации отдельных одобренных ВОЗ тестов на лекарственно-устойчивый туберкулёз (ЛУ-ТБ). Конкретно, он охватывает новейшие рекомендации по интерпретации быстрых молекулярных тестов на ЛУ-ТБ от Cepheid (GeneXpert MTB/RIF и GeneXpert MTB/RIF ULTRA) и Hain Lifescience (GenoTypeMTBDRplus VER 2.0 GenoTypeMTBDRsl VER 2.0). Участники курса могут обмениваться опытом на форуме курса. Лабораторные эксперты отвечают на ключевые вопросы на том же форуме и через специальную пилотную службу электронной почты. Курс будет особо полезен лабораторным специалистам, выполняющим тестирование лекарственной чувствительности туберкулезных микобактерий, а также врачам, использующим результаты ТЛЧ в своей обычной клинической практике. Мы надеемся, что данный учебный курс позволит вам улучшить практические навыки, увеличивая тем самым глобальный потенциал диагностики ЛУ-ТБ.

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This course will equip clinicians who frequently prescribe antimicrobials with knowledge and tools to improve their use of these essential medications in daily clinical practice. Through case based examples, the course will highlight how antimicrobial stewardship principles can be applied to common clinical scenarios. We will first review foundational clinical knowledge necessary to use antimicrobials wisely. Then, we will illustrate how clinicians can incorporate this knowledge into the management of patients with common infections through adherence to the five core competencies of appropriate antimicrobial prescribing. This course will provide a framework for approaching each clinical encounter from the perspective of combating antimicrobial resistance. We hope it will assist you in your practice and inspire you to be a champion of antimicrobial stewardship.

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Ce cours vise à apporter aux cliniciens prescrivant des antibiotiques régulièrement des connaissances et des outils pour améliorer l’utilisation de ces médicaments essentiels en pratique clinique. A l’aide de cas pratiques et scénarios cliniques courants, le cours informe des meilleures pratiques connues face aux antibiotiques. Nous verrons tout d’abord les connaissances cliniques fondamentales à une utilisation adéquate d’antibiotiques. Puis nous illustrerons l’application de ces connaissances par les cliniciens dans la prise en charge des patients atteints d’infections courantes à la lumière de cinq principes généraux de prescription des antibiotiques. Ce cours fournira une ligne de conduite pour que chaque rencontre clinique participe à la lutte contre la résistance aux antibiotiques. Notre objectif à travers ce cours est de faire de chaque clinicien un champion du bon usage des antibiotiques.

Acknowledgment: La traduction française de Bon usage des antibiotiques : une approche par compétences a bénéficié d'un financement de l'Union européenne.

Acknowledgment: The French translation of Bon usage des antibiotiques: une approche par compétences was supported with funding from the European Union.

Clinical Management

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Anaphylaxis is a severe, immediate allergic reaction. Symptoms that can be life-threatening can occur within seconds to minutes, rarely hours, after contact with the allergenic substance including medicines and vaccines. The course Recognizing and managing anaphylaxis provides practical guidance to the frontline health care providers and also vaccinators key information on its identification, differentiating it from other clinical conditions such as fainting and other stress related responses. It also provides step by step guidance on the case management at the site of the event and the process of referral.

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This course of the Clinical Management of Patients with COVID-19 course series provides an overview of the management strategies in caring for patients with mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19. Investigations and diagnostics are discussed with ‘Laboratory considerations in COVID-19’ and three modules dedicated to ‘Imaging in COVID-19.’ Administration of oxygen is given dedicated attention with ‘Oxygen therapy via nasal cannula and face masks.’ Management is addressed with the modules ‘Management of mild and moderate COVID-19,’ ‘Management of severe COVID-19’ and ‘Co-infections and use of antimicrobials in COVID-19.' Please note there is a separate course covering Therapeutics and Prophylactics for COVID-19, which complements this course (coming soon).

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This course in the Clinical Management of Patients with COVID-19 series is dedicated to the initial approach to the acutely ill patient. Reviewed topics include screening and triage, including a lecture on the interagency integrated triage tool; how to designate a specific resuscitation area in an emergency unit, and how to use the WHO medical emergency checklist; and resuscitation area designation. Additionally, a systematic approach to the acutely ill patient is taught via the WHO/ICRC Basic Emergency Care course content, with specific modules on the ABCDE approach, approach to difficulty in breathing, approach to shock, and approach to altered mental status. The goal of these modules is to prepare and support health providers as they provide emergency care to seriously ill patients.

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The course of the Clinical Management of Patients with COVID-19 course series is devoted to the rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19. The seven course modules address the manifold and varied rehabilitation needs of patients recovering from COVID-19, including patients with cognitive impairment, physical deconditioning and weakness, respiratory impairment, swallow impairment, communication impairment and challenges in completing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Techniques for rehabilitation also are addressed.

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COVID-19

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All personnel performing SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDT) need to understand how to safely perform testing, ensure quality testing and interpret results. This course was developed by WHO and FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics, to provide theoretical knowledge on SARS-CoV-2 Ag-RDT testing. The learning package consists of 10 modules, which include recorded presentations and videos.

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This infodemic management course applies evidence-based guidance to the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers key risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) principles and illustrates how they can be operationalized in the context of an extended outbreak that affects different populations with varying risk levels. Illustrations from WHO headquarters, regions, and Ministries of Health provide concrete examples of messaging and other communication interventions developed during COVID-19.

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Workplaces have played an important role in both the spread and mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world. Being provided a healthy and safe workplace throughout the pandemic and beyond is a human right. Maintaining open, safe and healthy workplaces is of vital importance to protecting livelihoods, wellbeing and public health. Critical public health measures can help protect workers, their clients, and the community at large. Through an introduction and 5 modules, this course aims to guide workers and their representatives, business leaders, employers, managers and occupational health and safety professionals on how to protect themselves and their workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Modules 4 & 5 of this course were produced in collaboration with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes increasingly protracted, WHO has developed a Guidance for Conducting a Country COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR) and ten accompanying tools for countries to conduct periodic reviews of their response during this public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). A Country COVID-19 IAR is a country-led facilitated process that allows stakeholders of the ongoing COVID-19 response to review the functional capacities of public health and emergency response systems at the national or subnational levels to identify best practices, gaps and lessons learned, and propose corrective measures and actions for immediate remediation or sustained improvement of the COVID-19 outbreak response. The course consists of four modules, quizzes after each module and a final assessment.

Disclaimer: Since the launch of this online course, WHO has now published an addendum to the Guidance for conducting a country COVID-19 intra-action review (IAR), which provides additional directions and supplements but does not replace the guidance. Please also note that the accompanying tools have also been updated and revised accordingly. Please refer to the IAR webpage for the most updated materials and proposed public health response pillars for countries’ consideration during an IAR.

COVID-19 National Languages

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À medida que a pandemia da COVID-19 se torna cada vez mais prolongada, a OMS desenvolveu Orientações para a realização de uma análise intra-ação (IAR) da COVID-19 a nível de país e dez ferramentas de acompanhamento para que os países realizem análises periódicas de sua resposta durante esta emergência de saúde pública de âmbito internacional (PHEIC). Uma IAR da COVID-19 em nível de país é um processo facilitado orientado a nível de país que permite que as partes interessadas da resposta contínua à COVID-19 analisem as capacidades funcionais dos sistemas de saúde pública e de resposta à emergências em níveis nacionais ou subnacionais para identificar as melhores práticas, falhas e lições aprendidas e propor medidas corretivas e ações para remediação imediata ou melhoria sustentada da resposta ao surto da COVID-19. O curso é composto por quatro módulos, testes após cada módulo e uma avaliação final.

Aviso: Desde o lançamento deste curso online, a OMS publicou uma adenda às "Orientações para a realização de uma análise intra-ação (IAR) da COVID-19 a nível de país", que fornece orientações e suplementos adicionais mas não substitui a orientação. Note também que as ferramentas de acompanhamento também foram actualizadas e revistas em conformidade. Por favor consulte a página web da IAR para obter os materiais mais actualizados e os pilares de resposta de saúde pública propostos para consideração dos países durante uma IAR.

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На сите здравствени работници им е потребно знаење и вештини со цел да се заштитат себеси и другите од безбедносните ризици со кои се соочуваат, така што ќе можат да работат безбедно и ефикасно. Овој курс се состои од пет дела кои ќе одговорат на овие потреби:

  • Вовед
  • Модул 1: Заштита и безбедност при работа од ризични инфекции
  • Модул 2: Заштита и безбедност при работа од физички ризици
  • Модул 3: Заштита и безбедност при работа од психосоцијални ризици
  • Модул 4: Основни мерки за заштита и безбедност при работа во здравство.

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Todos os profissionais da saúde precisam ter conhecimento e habilidades para se proteger dos riscos ocupacionais que enfrentam, para que possam trabalhar de forma segura e efetiva. Este curso tem cinco partes para atender a essas necessidades:

  • Introdução
  • Módulo 1: Riscos infecciosos à saúde e segurança
  • Módulo 2: Riscos físicos à saúde e segurança
  • Módulo 3: Riscos psicossociais à saúde e segurança
  • Módulo 4: Aspectos básicos de saúde ocupacional e segurança nos serviços de saúde

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Wafanyakazi wote wa huduma za afya wanahitaji taaluma na ujuzi wa kujilinda pamoja na kuwalinda wengine dhidi ya vihatarishi vya mahala pa kazi wanavyokumbana navyo, ili waweze kufanya kazi kwa usalama na ufanisi.

Katika kukidhi mahitaji hayo, kozi hii itakuwa na jumla ya sehemu tano:
• Utangulizi
• Moduli ya 1: Vihatarishi vya maambukizi kwa afya na usalama
• Moduli ya 2: Hatari za kimwili kwa afya na usalama
• Moduli ya 3: Hatari za kisaikojamii kwa afya na usalama
• Moduli ya 4: Misingi ya afya na usalama mahala pa kazi katika huduma za afya.

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COVID-19 Vaccines

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The CVIC tool is the WHO-UNICEF tool designed to assist countries in the process of planning and costing COVID-19 vaccination. The aim of this course is to demonstrate the use of the CVIC tool. The course is targeting national programme managers and personnel who have been involved in the costing, budgeting or financing processes of COVID-19 vaccine delivery in a country.

For this course, you will need to download the latest version of the CVIC tool. Please submit your contact through a quick ‘download tracker’ so that you can be informed when updates of the tool are available.

Please contact CVICosting@who.int if you have any questions about the tool.

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Health workers involved in deployment and implementation of COVID-19 vaccination require vaccine-specific knowledge to ensure safe and efficient vaccine delivery. This training provides key information about COVID-19 vaccines through short instructional videos, vaccine explainers, job aids, topic briefings, and downloadable presentations. It builds on the COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers and the Orientation to National Deployment and Vaccination Planning for COVID-19.

Please note that further videos and resources concerning other vaccines will be added as they receive emergency use listing (EUL) or prequalification.

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L’ensemble du personnel de santé qui participe au déploiement et à la mise en œuvre de la vaccination contre la COVID-19 doit avoir les connaissances et les compétences requises pour garantir une administration sûre et efficace du vaccin contre la COVID-19. Ce cours de formation fournit des informations essentielles sur les vaccins contre la COVID-19, à l’aide de courtes vidéos didactiques, de documents explicatifs sur les vaccins, d’aide-mémoire, de sommaires thématiques et de présentations à télécharger. Il complète les cours Formation du personnel de santé à la vaccination contre la COVID-19 et Orientations pour la planification du déploiement et de la vaccination au niveau national des vaccins contre la COVID-19.

Notez que d’autres vidéos et ressources relatives à d’autres vaccins seront ajoutées au fur et à mesure de leur préqualification ou de leur homologation d’urgence par l’OMS (au titre du protocole EUL).

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参与COVID-19疫苗部署和实施的卫生工作者需要具备有关疫苗的具体知识,以确保以安全有效的方式交付疫苗。培训通过简短的教学视频、疫苗介绍、工作辅助工具、主题简介和可下载的演示文稿,为您提供有关COVID-19疫苗的关键信息。课程建立在针对卫生工作者开展的COVID-19疫苗接种培训以及COVID-19国家部署和疫苗接种计划指南的基础上。

请注意,随着其他疫苗通过紧急使用清单(EUL)程序批准或资格预审,会添加相关视频和资源。

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Go.Data

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Go.Data is a field data collection platform focusing on case data (including lab, hospitalization and other variables though case investigation form) and contact data (including contact follow-up). This briefing package provides an orientation to the purpose, benefits and utilization of Go.Data, consisting of 7 modules with a narrated walkthrough of the key features of the Go.Data web-based platform and mobile application.

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Go.Data es un plataforma que permita la recolección de información en terreno sobre casos (con un formulario para caso que incluye resultados de laboratorio, información de hospitalización y otras variables) y contactos (incluyendo su seguimiento). Este curso presenta los objetivos, beneficios y uso de la herramienta de Go.Data. Los siete módulos de los que se compone le guiarán a través de las funciones básicas de la plataforma web y la aplicación móvil.

Después de la revisión efectuada por la OMS sobre la denominación de la enfermedad y del virus que la causa, "COVID-19" es considerada como una locución femenina. Por lo tanto, por favor tomar nota que cualquier mención que diga "el COVID-19" hace referencia a "la COVID-19.

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Go.Data нь тохиолдлын (тохиолдлын судалгааны маятаар цуглуулах лаборатори, эмнэлэгт хэвтэлтийн мэдээлэл болон бусад ) болон хавьтлын (хавьтлын судалгааны мэдээлэл) мэдээллүүдэд чиглэсэн талбарын мэдээлэл цуглуулах платформ юм. Энэхүү товч танилцуулга нь Go.Data-гийн вэб дээр суурилсан платформ болон гар утасны аппликейшний зорилго, ашиг тус, ашиглалтыг тус програмын гол шинж чанаруудыг танилцуулах явцдаа харуулсан 7 модулиудаас бүрдэнэ.

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Go.Data is a flexible outbreak investigation software for field data collection during public health emergencies. It includes functionality for case and contact investigation, incorporation of laboratory information and data visualisation.

This tutorial is a compilation of short videos highlighting key Go.Data functionalities.

Healthier Populations

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THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE. If you are interested to take this course when a new round is offered, please click 'Enroll me for this course'. This will allow us to store your contact details and contact you in the future should you secure a place when a new round becomes available. Please make sure to register using your professional email address and to complete all relevant fields in your profile such as age affiliation, age and country of nationality.

In the 21st century, demographic shifts are making a significant impact on the structure of populations, bringing forth the phenomenon of an ageing population. Healthy Ageing for Impact in the 21st Century gives participants the building blocks to become future leaders in this critical area. This course will provide participants with the competencies needed to work on this agenda as part of the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030), showcasing that societal change for Healthy Ageing can be achieved at scale in an impactful manner.

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L’OMS a lancé un cours en ligne sur la réglementation des produits du tabac en réponse au besoin de directives claires et pratiques sur le renforcement des capacités d’essai des laboratoires. Ce cours est inspiré du document Tobacco Product Regulation: Building Laboratory Testing Capacity handbook (Réglementation des produits du tabac : manuel de renforcement des capacités de tests des laboratoires), lancé lors de la Conférence mondiale sur le tabac ou la santé de 2018 au Cap.

Le cours en ligne est une ressource utile pour les pays et fournit aux régulateurs et aux responsables des politiques des informations compréhensibles sur la manière d’effectuer des essais sur les produits du tabac, sur quels produits soumettre à des essais, et sur la manière d’utiliser les données des essais de manière judicieuse afin d’appuyer la réglementation. En outre, il fournit un guide par étapes pour la création d’un laboratoire d’essai, l’utilisation d’un laboratoire interne existant, le recours à un laboratoire externe et l’utilisation des mécanismes d’aide disponibles tant au sein de l’OMS qu’à l’extérieur.

La consommation de tabac contribue à la dégradation de la santé dans le monde. Toutefois, malgré les effets dévastateurs de la consommation de tabac, seule une poignée de pays réglementent actuellement les produits du tabac, notamment en matière de fabrication, de composition et d’émissions des produits du tabac pendant leur utilisation, auxquelles les utilisateurs et les personnes présentes peuvent être exposés. Cette situation est en partie due aux défis associés à la réglementation des produits du tabac, à la nature hautement technique de cette intervention politique et aux difficultés à traduire la science en réglementation. L’absence de réglementation représente une occasion manquée, car la réglementation des produits du tabac, dans le contexte d’un contrôle global, constitue un outil précieux qui peut compléter d’autres interventions de lutte antitabac éprouvées, telles que l’augmentation des taxes, les environnements sans fumée, etc.

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WHO has launched an online course on tobacco product regulation in response to the need for clear, practical advice on building laboratory testing capacity. This course is based on the Tobacco Product Regulation: Building Laboratory Testing Capacity handbook, launched during the 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town.

The online course is a useful resource for countries, and provides regulators and policymakers with comprehensible information on how to test tobacco products, what products to test, and how to use testing data in a meaningful way to support regulation. Further, it provides a step-by-step guide to developing a testing laboratory, using an existing internal laboratory, contracting an external laboratory, and making use of the available support mechanisms both within WHO and externally.

Tobacco use is a global health burden. However, despite the devastating effects of tobacco use, only a handful of countries currently regulate tobacco products, including on how the product is made, the contents of the product and emissions from tobacco products during use, to which users and bystanders can be exposed.This is partly due to the challenges associated with the regulation of tobacco products, the highly technical nature of this policy intervention and the difficulties in translating science into regulation. Failure to regulate represents a missed opportunity as tobacco product regulation, in the context of comprehensive control, is a valuable tool that could complement other tried and tested tobacco control interventions, such as raising taxes, smoke-free environments, etc.

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WHO has launched an online course on tobacco product regulation in response to the need for clear, practical guidance on tobacco product regulation. The course is based on Tobacco Product Regulation: Basic Handbook, a basic reference document for non-scientist regulators in any country and tool for health authorities and other interested parties seeking resources and planning on how to monitor, evaluate, and regulate tobacco products. Further, the handbook includes relevant country case studies detailing specific approaches enacted globally.

Although tobacco product use is a major public health problem, tobacco products are one of the few openly available consumer products that are virtually unregulated in terms of contents, emissions and design features. Countries hesitate to implement regulations in this area, partly due to the associated challenges, the highly technical nature of this policy intervention and the difficulties in translating science into regulation. The handbook provides authoritative guidance on tobacco product regulation, especially in line with the requirements of Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), in response to countries’ requests. Failure to regulate tobacco products represents a missed opportunity as tobacco product regulation, in the context of comprehensive control, is a valuable tool that could complement other tried and tested tobacco control interventions, such as raising taxes, smoke-free environments, etc.

Infection Prevention and Control

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is specialized clothing worn by healthcare personnel (HCP) for protection against infectious materials. PPE is a safety element used in healthcare delivery that relies on correct and consistent use by HCP. Because of this, it is less effective than replacement or removal of hazards, engineering controls, and administrative controls.

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All healthcare facilities should establish or strengthen and implement IPC programmes and Occupational Health and Safety programmes to ensure health worker safety and prevent health worker infections while in the work environment. This course will highlight the epidemiology and risk factors associated with health worker infections with SARS-CoV-2, review measures that can be put in place to reduce risks, support identification of infection in health workers and review strategies for managing health workers to safely return to work post infection.

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Transmission-based Precautions, when used alongside Standard Precautions, can stop or slow the spread of known or suspected infections. This course will cover the main modes of transmission, what precautions can be used stop their spread and what personal protective equipment is required when caring for patients under Transmission-based Precautions. Transmission-based Precautions are additional measures we can use in health care to help keep both staff and patients safe.

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This course provides an overview of the guidance on masks as outlined in “Mask use in the context of COVID-19”.

This training is intended for health workers, decision-makers, and the public and covers correct mask use for both healthcare and community settings.

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Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response

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Welcome to the WHO AFRO Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Strategy online courses.

The aims of the Training Package are to contribute to the implementation of the AFRO IDSR Strategy 2020 – 2030 and to enable participants to gain appropriate knowledge for using data to detect and respond to priority diseases, conditions and public health events, and thereby reduce the burden of illness, death and disability in communities.

The IDSR Technical Guidelines 3rd Edition explicitly describes what needs to be established at each level of the health system in AFRO in order to detect and respond to diseases, conditions and public health events that are responsible for all preventable illnesses, deaths and disabilities in local communities. The guidelines recommend thresholds for action on priority diseases, public health events and conditions and for responding to alerts.

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Welcome to the WHO AFRO Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Technical Guidelines online training courses.

The aims of the Training Package are to contribute to the implementation of the AFRO IDSR Strategy 2020 – 2030 and to enable participants to gain appropriate knowledge for using data to detect and respond to priority diseases, conditions and public health events, and thereby reduce the burden of illness, death and disability in communities.

The IDSR Technical Guidelines- 3rd Edition explicitly describe what needs to be established at each level of the health system in AFRO in order to detect and respond to diseases, conditions and public health events that are responsible for many preventable illnesses, deaths and disabilities in local communities. The guidelines recommend thresholds for action on priority diseases, conditions and public health events.

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Welcome to the WHO AFRO Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Technical Guidelines online training courses.

The aims of the Training Package are to contribute to the implementation of the WHO/AFRO IDSR Strategy 2020 – 2030 and to enable participants to gain appropriate knowledge for using data to detect and respond to priority diseases, conditions and public health events, and thereby reduce the burden of illness, death and disability in communities.

The IDSR Technical Guidelines 3rd Edition explicitly describe what needs to be established at each level of the health system in AFRO in order to detect and respond to diseases, conditions and public health events that are responsible for many preventable illnesses, deaths and disabilities in local communities. The guidelines recommend thresholds for action on priority diseases, conditions and public health events.

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Welcome to the WHO AFRO Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Technical Guidelines online training courses.

The aims of the Training Package are to contribute to the implementation of the WHO/AFRO IDSR Strategy 2020 – 2030 and to enable participants to gain appropriate knowledge for using data to detect and respond to priority diseases, conditions and public health events, and thereby reduce the burden of illness, death and disability in communities.

The IDSR Technical Guidelines 3rd Edition explicitly describe what needs to be established at each level of the health system in Member States of the African Region in order to detect and respond to diseases, conditions and public health events that are responsible for many preventable illnesses, deaths and disabilities in local communities. The guidelines recommend thresholds for action on priority diseases, conditions and public health events.

Neglected Tropical Diseases

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Mycetoma is a chronic, progressively destructive infectious disease of the subcutaneous tissues, affecting skin, muscle and bone. Mycetoma occurs in tropical and subtropical environments characterized by short rainy seasons and prolonged dry seasons that favour the growth of thorny bushes. Global burden is not known, but the disease is endemic; it has been reported from countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. This course addresses the epidemiology of mycetoma, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and public health interventions.

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Scabies occurs worldwide. Over 200 million people worldwide are affected at any one time. The disease is endemic in many resource-poor tropical countries, with an estimated average prevalence of 5 – 10% in children. It is especially common in communities where overcrowding and poverty coexist, and where there is limited access to treatment. This course addresses the epidemiology of scabies, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, socioeconomic impact, and public health interventions.

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Tungiasis is one of the most neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). There is a need to reinforce skills of national and district health workers to know and identify the disease, understand the risk factors according to the context and living conditions of the affected communities, and promote the implementation of integrated interventions, including the treatment of persons and animals, to reduce the morbidity associated with tungiasis, and eliminate the occurrence of severe tungiasis cases. This course examines the epidemiology of tungiasis, clinical aspects, diagnosis, treatment and prevention, socioeconomic impact, and public health interventions.

Picture: Pan American Health Organization, Project in Alto Rionegro, Brazil. Tungiasis in humans. Tumbirá project: training activities for controlling tungiasis in indigenous communities link

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Podoconiosis is a non-infectious tropical disease characterized by steadily progressive foot and leg swelling (lymphoedema). It is commonly confused with lymphatic filariasis.

Skin diseases in general are very common, accounting for between 10 and 30% of all health worker-patient encounters. Therefore, while the skin may provide an entry point for the recognition of skin Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), it is also the diagnostic point of focus for other common conditions representing both a huge disease burden in impoverished populations and important differential diagnoses.

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One Health

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Multisectoral, One Health approaches address complex health threats at human-animal-environment interfaces, including challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. This course, in English, introduces the technical chapters of the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide (TZG). Country examples and practical guidance lead participants through the TZG and associated operational tools for strengthening One Health approaches for zoonotic diseases nationally and sub-nationally.

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Activities to manage and reduce risks from zoonotic diseases benefit from coordination and collaboration between ministries. In this course, participants will explore the 10-step process for setting up and conducting a joint qualitative risk assessment at national and/ or subnational levels.

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As a majority of emerging diseases are shared by humans and animals, adopting a One Health approach is essential. This course provides insight into some of WHO’s work at the animal-human-environment interface, including National Bridging Workshops (NBWs), field simulation exercises, tripartite guidance and practical tools aimed to support countries in the operationalization of One Health mechanisms at their level. Outcomes and results of these activities are presented, discussed and highlighted through country experience examples.

Outbreak

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During the 72nd Regional Committee (RC) meeting in September 2019, the WHO South-East Asia (SEA) regional goal was revised to measles and rubella elimination by 2023. The measles and rubella (MR) laboratory network in the SEA Region was established in 2003 with eight laboratories. It has since then been expanded to 46 Proficient laboratories with plans for inclusion of another 10 laboratories to the network.

The SEAR Immunization Technical Advisory Group (ITAG) recommended that the Region should develop a laboratory quality management system (LQMS) to ensure sustained proficiency of the measles rubella laboratory network.

The Scope of this e-learning is based on the LQMS plan to provide a step-wise process for performing internal and external audits by using the most current WHO accreditation checklists and providing critical points for reviewing the testing performance of IgM detection, molecular testing and virus isolation. The audits will look into the whole process of testing: pre-analysis, analysis and post-analysis.

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This introductory session explains basic principles of Ebola disease and ways to protect yourself and others. By the end of this lecture, you should be able to: describe Ebola disease and how it is transmitted, recall basic measures to prevent Ebola disease and list key public health concerns during an Ebola outbreak.

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Cette session d'introduction présente les principes de base de la maladie d'Ebola ainsi que les manières de se protéger soi-même et les autres. A la fin de ce cours, vous devriez être en mesure de : décrire la maladie d'Ebola et comment elle se transmet, rappeler les mesures de base pour prévenir la maladie d'Ebola et dresser la liste des principaux problèmes de santé publique en cas de flambée de maladie d'Ebola.

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Eteni ya mateya ya ebandeli eko talisa bongo makambo ya motuya oyo etali bokono ya Ebola mpe lolenge esengeli pona komibatela mpe ko batela basusu. Na suka ya botangi makomi moye, okozala na makoki ya: ko yebisa nini bokono ya Ebola ezali mpe lolenge yango epesamaka, ko talisa ba lolenge oyo esengeli pona ko mibatela na bokono ya Ebola mpe ko tanga mikatakatano ya sante plublique oyo mazali na tangu ya epidemie ya Ebola.

Preparing for Pandemics

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WHO EMRO/UNSSC Leadership Programme on Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Response

COVID-19 Pandemic Cohort

Epidemics and pandemics pose unique challenges to public health leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic is an embodiment of this reality. During the response phase of a health crisis like COVID-19, public health leaders work under stressful conditions to save lives, build and sustain the morale of their teams, engage with diverse partners and communicate confidently - and yet they are expected to maintain a strategic focus at all times. The Leadership Programme on Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Response addresses these stressors and provides insights from a variety of top-notch experts in the field.

Jointly designed by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO/EMRO) together with the United Nations Systems Staff College (UNSSC), this programme was designed for WHO representatives and senior leaders of Ministries of Health in the Eastern Mediterranean region. However, all course materials, such as the Leadership Lecture recordings and resources, and the Learning Resources, are openly accessible.The element that is exclusive for programme participants includes individual coaching and mentoring.

Topics discussed include leadership in times of crisis, preparedness, adopting a systems approach, strategic thinking, emotional resilience and multisectoral partnership building. The program blends best practices in leadership, tailored mentoring and coaching sessions, and provides an online platform of easily accessible resources.

The program's first cohort of COVID-19 pandemic responders in Eastern Mediterranean countries will run from July to November 2021.

Please open the syllabus under "Learnings" and explore the material under "Leadership Lectures", "Learning Resources", and "Background Material". Enjoy!

Should you have any questions on the programme, please contact the WHO EMRO and UNSSC team at pandemic-leadership@unssc.org.

Thank you!

Your WHO EMRO and UNSSC team

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Flutool Plus is the WHO Tool, designed to help lower- and middle-income countries in the process of costing of Seasonal Influenza Immunisation Programs. The aim of this course is to promote the dissemination and use of Flutool Plus. The course is meant for national program managers, who are responsible for mobilizing resources to set up sustainable immunisation programs for seasonal influenza.

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Pandemic products such as antiviral medicines, vaccines and diagnostics play a critical role in the control and treatment of pandemic influenza. National deployment and vaccination plans for pandemic influenza vaccines are national tools which ensure that during a pandemic, processes and structures are functional so that vaccines are rapidly deployed and administered to target populations. The existence of a national deployment and vaccination plans for pandemic influenza vaccines is also a pre-requisite in the request process to access vaccines from WHO secured stockpiles. The learning package consists of 10 modules, which include video lectures and downloadable presentations that have been updated with the latest information and developments to help countries develop or revise their national deployment and vaccination plans.

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“Is it a bad flu season?” PISA was developed to assist countries in answering this question because influenza epidemics and pandemics vary in severity. Knowing how severe an influenza season is can help countries respond, adapt control measures and prepare for a pandemic. This course introduces the concept of influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting and communicating severity estimates. The target audience of this course is public health professionals at the national level who perform, or plan to perform, national influenza severity assessments and who can contribute to global influenza severity assessments. The employers and employees of these public health officers would also benefit from this course, as would any other public health professional working on influenza epidemiology.

For more information, please follow this link to the WHO PISA website.

Ready for Response

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This course on WHO Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Emergencies is designed for personnel who will be assigned by WHO to go on deployment in response to health emergencies. It covers all the essential areas of WHO administrative procedures in response to health emergencies.

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Ce cours sur les modes opératoires normalisés de l’OMS pour les situations d’urgence est destiné au personnel qui sera désigné par l’OMS pour partir en mission pour répondre aux situations d’urgence sanitaire. Il couvre tous les domaines clés des procédures administratives de l’OMS en réponse aux urgences sanitaires.

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Ready4Response is a multi-tiered core curriculum that aims to develop consistent learning standards across the emergency response workforces at national level. It equips participants with essential competencies needed to work within public health emergency response.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that all countries are challenged in their abilities to respond to emergencies. Having access to the right people, with the right skills and training, at the right time and location is essential to saving lives and protecting the health of people, societies and economies during an emergency.

Tier 1 provides context and principles of the all-hazards approach to emergency response, outlining the various actors involved, their roles and structural relationships. It also examines in-depth WHO's role in response, and discusses core ethics and principles all responders must follow.

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Ready4Response is a multi-tiered core curriculum that aims to develop consistent learning standards across the emergency response workforces at national level. It equips participants with essential competencies needed to work within public health emergency response.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that all countries are challenged in their abilities to respond to emergencies. Having access to the right people, with the right skills and training, at the right time and location is essential to saving lives and protecting the health of people, societies and economies during an emergency.

Tier 2 focuses on the Incident Management System (IMS) and its core functions. It also examines core skills required to work effectively in a response team and describes the basic principles of risk management.

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Scientific and Strategic Talks on COVID-19

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As experts in a variety of fields, WHO staff are vital resources for the latest science that can help achieve better health for everyone, everywhere. This portal hosts video recordings of presentations given by WHO experts at conferences and other forums so their knowledge can continue to be shared across the globe.

Please note that the videos capture the latest science at the time of the presentation, which is specified for each video. This is a video library only; no certificates are available.

Universal Health Coverage

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The WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) is stricken with many areas of unrest, including active wars and protracted conflicts. These conflicts have wide-reaching impacts, resulting in disrupted health systems, poor health indicators, brain drain, re-emergence of high-threat pathogens, and the largest migration rates.

With the view of promoting peacebuilding in FCV (fragile, conflict, violence) countries, the WHO created the “Health as a Bridge for Peace” (HBP) program in 1997. Since then a number of similar initiatives have been launched, all aiming to create a healthier and safer world. In EMR, the WHO Regional Office is spearheading a similar initiative titled “HoPE” i.e. Health for Peace. This introductory course is part of HoPE activities.

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العربية

تعاني منطقة شرق البحر المتوسط التابعة لمنظمة الصحة العالمية من العديد من مناطق اضطرابات، بما في ذلك الحروب النشطة والنزاعات التي طال أمدها. هذه النزاعات لها آثار واسعة النطاق، مما يؤدي إلى اضطراب النظم الصحية، وضعف المؤشرات الصحية، واستنزاف العقول، وعودة ظهور مسببات الأمراض شديدة الخطورة، والمعدلات الأعلى للهجرة.

بهدف تعزيز بناء السلام في البلدان الهشة المتأثرة بالنزاعات والعنف، أنشأت منظمة الصحة العالمية برنامج "الصحة باعتبارها جسراً من أجل السلام" (HBP) في عام 1997. ومنذ ذلك الحين تم إطلاق عدد من المبادرات المماثلة، وكلها تهدف إلى خلق عالم أكثر صحة وأمانًا. في منطقة شرق البحر المتوسط، يقود المكتب الإقليمي لمنظمة الصحة العالمية مبادرة مماثلة بعنوان "الصحة من أجل السلام" (HoPE). هذه الدورة التمهيدية هي جزء من أنشطة المبادرة.

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Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. But it ‎has been a neglected component of the public health agenda in several countries ‎including those in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) increasing the ‎disease burden. This course (divided into two parts: Basic and Advanced) aims to ‎improve the oral health prevention and control skills of primary level healthcare and ‎other professionals; enable the community to exercise more control over the ‎factors that affect their oral health status; and to provide the community an opportunity ‎to actively participate in making decisions to improve their oral health and ‎well-being. The learning package consists of 7 modules divided into two parts and includes video lectures and downloadable presentations.

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العربية

تعد صحة الفم جزءاً لا يتجزأ من الصحة العامة والعافية في كل مرحلة من مراحل الحياة. لكنها كانت مكونًا جد مهمل في جدول أعمال الصحة العمومية في العديد من البلدان بما فيها الواقعة في إقليم شرق المتوسط التابع لمنظمة الصحة العالمية مما زاد من عبء المرض. تهدف هذه الدورة (المقسمة إلى جزء للأساسيات وجزء متقدم) إلى تحسين مهارات الوقاية والمكافحة فيما يخص صحة الفم لدى العاملين في الرعاية الصحية الأولية والمهنيين الآخرين؛ وتمكين السكان في المجتمع من السيطرة بقدر أكبر على العوامل التي تؤثر على صحتهم الفموية؛ وإتاحة الفرصة لأفراد المجتمع للمشاركة الفعالة في اتخاذ القرارات بشأن تحسين صحتهم الفموية وعافيتهم. تتكون الحزمة التعليمية من 7 وحدات مقسمة إلى مجموعتين وتتضمن محاضرات بالفيديو وعروضاً تقديمية قابلة للتنزيل.‎