WHO COVID-19 Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment Training
The purpose of this course is to provide guidance for health authorities and organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the specific aim of containing risks associated with transmission of this infection. ***Please note**: Presentations in this course were revised in **October 2020** to reflect updates in the risk assessment tools.*
Self-paced
Language: English
COVID-19

Course information

Overview: The training describes the risk-based approach that WHO recommends to aid health authorities and event organizers in their planning for upcoming mass gatherings amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. WHO has developed a set of COVID-19 risk assessments tools dedicated to generic mass gatherings as well as to sports specific and religious specific mass gatherings. These risk assessment tools provide a user-friendly way for health authorities and organizers to understand the level of risk an upcoming mass gathering may hold in further spreading COVID-19, both within a country and globally, and to learn about the precautionary measures that can be applied to the planned event to mitigate such risk. All of the tools mentioned can be found on the WHO website. The course has been developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Health Security.

Learning objectives: By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • define mass gathering and the risk posed by it;
  • explain how a risk assessment can help with public health planning;
  • list the steps involved in:
    • conducting a generic risk assessment for mass gatherings,
    • conducting a risk assessment for sports mass gatherings, as well as
    • conducting a risk assessment for religious mass gatherings;
  • score risk associated with an upcoming mass gathering; and
  • identify ways to increase the safety of participants through the application of mitigation measures.

Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Certificates: A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score 80% across all scenario-based quizzes.

Additional information: Please find links to the updated WHO mass gathering risk assessment tools discussed in this course listed below:

Please note: Presentations in this course were revised in October 2020 to reflect updates in the risk assessment tools.

Course contents

  • Module 1: Introduction to Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment:

    By the end of this module, you will be able to explain what a mass gathering is and describe the role of risk assessments and their role in public health planning.
  • Module 2: Generic Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment:

    By the end of this module, you will be able to list the steps involved in a generic COVID-19 mass gathering risk assessment and determine an overall risk score resulting from the risk evaluation exercise after taking into account the recommended mitigation measures.
  • Module 3: Sports Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment:

    By the end of this module, you will be able to list the steps involved in a sports COVID-19 mass gathering risk assessment and determine an overall risk score resulting from the risk evaluation exercise after taking into account the recommended mitigation measures.
  • Module 4: Religious Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment:

    By the end of this module, you will be able to list the steps involved in a religious COVID-19 mass gathering risk assessment and determine an overall risk score resulting from the risk evaluation exercise after taking into account the recommended mitigation measures.

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Certificate Requirements

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

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