This course is intended for decision-makers and programme managers who want to learn more about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its 5 modules introduce NTDs, outline the impact of COVID-19 on NTD programmes and WHO’s response to mitigate its consequences, and finally present WHO’s recommendations on maintenance of essential health services for NTDs as well as guidance on adaptation and safe resumption of community-based NTD activities during the pandemic.
These materials were launched on 23/12/2020. As the scientific evidence and technical guidance regarding COVID-19 are constantly evolving, please refer to https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 for the latest updates. Recommended publications since course launched:
- Use of medical and non-medical/fabric masks for community outreach activities during the COVID-19 pandemic (May 2021) - this policy brief provides details on face masks to be used by the different types of professionals involved in community-based interventions.
- *Third round of the global pulse survey on continuity of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic (February 2022) - an update on disruptions caused by COVID-19 to NTD programmes.*
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NTDs are a heterogeneous collection of 20 communicable and non-communicable diseases and disease groups that are associated with poverty, mainly affecting people in tropical and sub-tropical countries. Over 1.7 billion people worldwide are estimated to require at least one NTD intervention every year. This course focuses on NTDs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a general introduction to the diseases, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on NTD programmes, and focuses on the adaptations needed to safely and effectively fight NTDs, in light of the disruption to health services caused by the pandemic. It targets decision-makers and programme managers at the national and subnational levels.
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.