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Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the lining surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. Public health concerns mainly focus on the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis, as it can cause larg...

  • Self-paced
  • Current outbreaks, Meningitis
  • Confirmation of Participation
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Lassa fever, a viral haemorrhagic fever with symptoms similar to those of Ebola virus disease, is endemic in much of West Africa and usually sparks a seasonal outbreak from December to March. Human...

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  • Current outbreaks, Lassa fever
  • Confirmation of Participation
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Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a widespread disease caused by a tick-borne virus that can result in severe viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks, with case fatality rates of 10–40%. CCHF i...

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  • Current outbreaks, Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
  • Confirmation of Participation
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(English/French) Seasonal influenza is an acute viral disease of the respiratory tract transmitted via aerosols or contaminated surfaces from infected people. This course provides a general introdu...

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  • Current outbreaks, Influenza
  • en
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Mpox is an emerging infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans from infected animals, most commonly rodents. It can be spread to other people but person-to-person transmission alone...

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  • Current outbreaks, Mpox
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This introductory level course provides a general overview of cholera including prevention and control principles. In addition, the course participants will learn about the Global Task Force for Ch...

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  • Current outbreaks, Cholera
  • Confirmation of Participation
  • en

This course outlines the objectives of a cholera outbreak response, how to detect and confirm cholera outbreaks and how to effectively organize the response including describing control measures. ...

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  • Current outbreaks, Cholera
  • Record of Achievement
  • en
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Mpox is an infectious disease which in 2022-2023 caused a global outbreak in over 110 countries, most of which had no previous history of the disease. This course provides a brief overview of mpox,...

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  • Current outbreaks, Mpox
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Dengue is a viral infection caused by the dengue virus (DENV), transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. An estimated 100-400 million infections occur each year. This course pr...

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  • Dengue, Current outbreaks
  • Record of Achievement
  • en

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WHO has an obligation to ensure that all those who work for WHO and our implementing partners (IPs) take measures to safeguard against sexual misconduct. This one-hour course explains the importanc...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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Effective administration of preventive chemotherapy relies largely on operational planning which addresses the need for programmes to reach all eligible people and maximize community demand for the...

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  • NTD
  • Record of Achievement
  • en

TB is a preventable and curable disease, yet it is a common cause of sickness and death in children and adolescents. Every year, more than one million children and young adolescents fall ill with T...

  • Self-paced
  • Tuberculosis
  • Record of Achievement
  • en

Parliaments and parliamentarians play a unique and powerful role in achieving health security preparedness through their various responsibilities: law-making, oversight, budgetary allocation, and c...

  • Self-paced
  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
  • en

The WHO Department of Health and Migration aims to promote knowledge sharing, build on existing capacities and stimulate a research agenda on health and migration. The Department of Health and Migr...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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A Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is a voluntary process in which a team of national and international experts jointly assess a country's capacity under the International Health Regulations (IHR).

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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Although social protection is a human right, most of the global population is not yet covered by any form of social protection, leaving billions of people outside the welfare system.

Social protec...

  • Self-paced
  • Tuberculosis
  • Confirmation of Participation
  • en

Animal influenza viruses are distinct from human seasonal influenza viruses and are not easily transmitted between humans. However, zoonotic influenza viruses – animal influenza viruses that can oc...

  • Self-paced
  • Influenza
  • Record of Achievement
  • en
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A Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is a voluntary process in which a team of national and international experts jointly assess country capacity under the International Health Regulations (IHR).

Thi...

  • Self-paced
  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
  • en
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A Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is a voluntary process in which a team of national and international experts jointly assess country capacity under the International Health Regulations (IHR).

Thi...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
  • en
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City governments and their partners are at the heart of policy-making and decision-making related to the wider determinants of health. City mayors and elected politicians provide leadership; profes...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
  • en

Shortages and distribution imbalances of the oral health workforce in countries contribute to suboptimal access to oral health services and high burden of untreated oral diseases and conditions. Bu...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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Fluoride varnish is one of the most widely used forms of professionally applied fluorides. It’s easy to use, effective, and widely recommended for use in children and even in infants to prevent car...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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Educating the health care professionals who work closely with women during pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and post-pregnancy can play a crucial role in promoting oral dental care of pregnant wome...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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Health is a Human Right. Inaccessible and low-quality WASH services hinder the realization of this right for millions across the globe. This is especially true for women and girls, persons with dis...

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  • Not disease specific, WASH
  • Record of Achievement
  • en

The aim of this course is to provide guidance for countries on the monitoring and evaluation of national action plans on antimicrobial resistance (AMR NAPs).

This course is intended for members o...

  • Self-paced
  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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This course aims to strengthen the capabilities of public health policy and programme managers in incorporating a gender perspective into disease management. Participants learn to apply an analytic...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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This training provides a high-level overview for decision-makers and technical experts from governments and key stakeholders or partners involved in Readiness Contingency Planning, and Implementati...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
  • en

The benchmarking exercise represents one of the main components of the five-step capacity building model developed by WHO RSS team to help ensure access to safe, effective and quality medical produ...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
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As a part of WHO’s mandate in the countries in which it has activated the incident management system, PRSEAH (prevention and response to sexual exploitation abuse and harassment) is a core action t...

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  • Not disease specific
  • Record of Achievement
  • en
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Our Serving Countries portal provides easy access to courses in countries' official languages to support their response to health emergencies.Each country channel is produced in collaboration with a WHO Country Office, with more countries added each year.
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Learn how to leverage parliamentary functions to keep people safer in health emergencies

Learn how to leverage parliamentary functions to keep people safer in health emergencies

Parliaments and parliamentarians play a unique and powerful role in achieving health security preparedness through their various responsibilities: law-making, oversight, budgetary allocation, and c...

Browse our flipbook: WHO stories of health emergencies learning

Browse our flipbook: WHO stories of health emergencies learning

OpenWHO is proud to share our new online flipbook which showcases WHO’s learning response to health emergencies over the last 3 years.

The flipbook features stories published in WHO operational up...

Just launched: Joint External Evaluation course for technical writers

Just launched: Joint External Evaluation course for technical writers

The third course in the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) learning series is now available, providing specialized learning for technical writers. A JEE is a voluntary process in which a team of natio...