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.
These materials were launched on 27/07/2020 and revised in October 2020. As the scientific evidence and technical guidance regarding COVID-19 are constantly evolving, the materials in this course are outdated. This course is undergoing revision. An updated version of this course will be available. In the meantime, please refer to https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 for the latest updates.
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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:
Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score 80% across all scenario-based quizzes. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.
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.
Should you be interested in learning more, please refer to our training on Public Health Preparedness For Mass Gathering Events. The purpose of this training is to support host nations in delivering safe and successful events, as part of WHO’s ongoing support to countries in strengthening the International Health Regulations capacities for prevention, detection and response to the public health events in the context of hosting Mass Gathering events. Registration to the WHO Health Security and Learning Platform is required to access this course.