Ebola: GO 2.0
All personnel responding to Ebola outbreaks need to have basic knowledge and skills in order to mount an effective response. The GO training package was developed for WHO deployees so they can work safely and effectively as part of the teams bringing outbreaks under control. The learning package consists of 7 modules, which include video lectures and downloadable presentations that have been updated with the latest information and developments. It begins with an introduction to Ebola virus disease before moving to the response strategy and essential information related to working for WHO. The GO materials are designed to complement the ePROTECT training, which is available here: https://openwho.org/courses/e-protect.
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Language: English

Course information


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Overview: All personnel responding to Ebola outbreaks need to have basic knowledge and skills in order to mount an effective response. The GO training package was developed for WHO deployees so they can work safely and effectively as part of the teams bringing outbreaks under control. The learning package consists of 7 modules, which include video lectures and downloadable presentations that have been updated with the latest information and developments. It begins with an introduction to Ebola virus disease before moving to the response strategy and essential information related to working for WHO. The GO materials are designed to complement the ePROTECT training, which is available here: https://openwho.org/courses/e-protect

Learning objective: Gain the background knowledge needed to effectively contribute to the Ebola response.

Course duration: Approximately 3 hours.

Certificates: A certificate of achievement will be provided to participants who score 80% or higher on each assessment. You have an unlimited number of attempts to meet the threshold.

Course contents


  • Module 1: Introduction to Ebola:

    In this module, you will become familiar with the modes of Ebola transmission, incubation period, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, as well as measures to prevent the transmission of Ebola.
  • Module 2: The Response Strategy and its Implementation through the IMS:

    This module outlines the key features of the Strategic Response Plan for the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the WHO Incident Management System.
  • Module 3: Working for WHO as an International Civil Servant:

    All personnel working for WHO need to know and adhere to the existing codes of conduct for international personnel, especially during an emergency response. The module references the WHO and International Civil Service codes of conduct.
  • Module 4: Guidance for Communications and Media Interventions:

    Effective communications is essential in an emergency response. This module presents the key policies and practices for WHO communications and dealing with the media, with which all staff must be familiar.
  • Module 5: HR Matters:

    This module provides critical human resources information for individuals deployed by WHO in emergencies.
  • Module 6: Introduction to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Emergencies:

    This module introduces the emergency SOPs aligned with WHO's Emergency Response Framework.
  • Module 7: Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:

    This video module provides information on sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and the obligations of all UN organizations to protect beneficiaries from SEA.

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Certificate Requirements


  • Gain a record of achievement by earning more than 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.

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