New learning channel for Chemical and Biological Deliberate Events


As the United Nations’ public health agency, WHO has an important role to play in the global public health response to events involving the possible deliberate use of biological and chemical hazards against a human population.

OpenWHO has launched a new Chemical and Biological Deliberate Events (CBDE) channel that hosts online training to provide basic knowledge for managing the consequences of a CBDE. General awareness is needed to better understand, prepare, detect and respond to deliberate events. Health care professionals will be among the key personnel responding to CBDEs, which will place exceptional strain on the health sector, so it is vital that public health personnel have a basic understanding of how to manage an effective response.

The channel hosts a series of 3 courses:

Participants in each course have the opportunity to earn certificates for both completion and achievement.

For a healthier world: safely managed sanitation


Safe sanitation systems are fundamental to protect public health. WHO supports capacity building and implementation through guidelines and tools on sanitation and health, safe use of wastewater and safe recreational water environments, using risk assessment to identify, prioritize, manage and monitor coordinated action to protect public health.

However, the world is alarmingly off-track to deliver Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 6.2, where Member States committed to achieve universal access to safe sanitation for everyone, everywhere by 2030. In fact, the rate at which sanitation coverage is increasing will need to quadruple globally if the world is to achieve the SDG sanitation targets.

To eliminate inequalities, progress must move 4 times faster in rural areas globally, 5 times faster in urban areas globally, 9 times faster in fragile contexts and 15 times faster in least developed countries. Overall, at current rates of progress, only 67% will have safe sanitation services, leaving 2.8 billion without by 2030. Without universal access, the world will not claim the myriad health, environmental and socio-economic benefits that come from safely managed sanitation.

As part of WHO’s efforts to support capacity building globally, OpenWHO has launched a new course that unpacks the health rationale for safely managed sanitation (SMS) and how programming approaches need to adapt to improve health outcomes. A safely managed sanitation service chain – from toilets, to containment, to transport, treatment, and finally safe use or disposal of wastewater and faecal by-products – is essential to protecting the health of individuals and communities and the environment.

The course also describes SDG 6.2 monitoring definitions for SMS and how that can be adapted and contextualized into national definitions and embedded in national level instruments for implementation and monitoring. Finally, it presents tools to assess status and monitor implementation of definitions at national and local level -- all to help governments, and the development agencies, civil society partners and others working with them, to achieve safely managed sanitation for their populations.

The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete and participants have the opportunity to earn certificates and digital badges to share their achievements. Access the course here and start learning today.

Join our 5-course series on the clinical management of survivors of rape and intimate partner violence


Sexual violence and intimate partner violence can be especially problematic in complex emergencies and natural disasters. In these situations, civilian women and children are often targets of abuse, exploitation and violence because of their sex, age, and status in society.

As we mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November, OpenWHO invites you to join our 5-course series that provides detailed guidance on the clinical management of survivors of rape and intimate partner violence. The series is intended for qualified healthcare workers providing services to survivors of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian emergencies. It considers available resources, materials, drugs, and national policies and procedures.

The 5 courses are available on our learning channel for preventing and responding to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PRSEAH) as follows:

  1. Introduction to the clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings
  2. Mental health and psychosocial support: Clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings
  3. Management of intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings
  4. First-line support: Clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings
  5. Clinical management of rape

Each course will take approximately 1 hour to complete. The series is being translated into Arabic and French for additional reach.

Learn more about International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women here.

Preventing antimicrobial resistance together through learning


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections. It occurs when microorganisms develop resistance to medicines that are relied upon for treatment, making some conditions difficult or impossible to cure. As a result, infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.

From 18-24 November, OpenWHO invites you to observe World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) by joining any the following free courses on our AMR learning channel to help improve awareness and understanding of AMR and encourage best practices:

Learning saves lives. Help us spread the word about these important courses in line with this year's WAAW theme – “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together”. You can learn more about WAAW here.

Celebrate One Health Day by learning on OpenWHO


A majority of emerging diseases are shared by humans and animals, so adopting a One Health approach is essential. This approach is necessary to effectively prevent, detect and respond to health challenges that arise at the interface between humans, animals and the environment.

On 3 November, celebrate One Health Day by enrolling in one of the free online courses hosted on our One Health for Global Health Security learning channel. The channel provides learning resources for technical staff, decision-makers and the general public, supporting them to operationalize a One Health approach through tools, principles and best practices.

The following courses are currently available, with more to come:

OpenWHO named a Finalist for Learning Platform of the Year


OpenWHO is excited to share that we have been selected as a Finalist in the Learning Platform of Year category of the 2023 Learning Awards.

According to the Learning Awards team, "our independent judges hand-pick only a few Finalists from many hundreds of entries worldwide, so to make the shortlist is a phenomenal achievement."

OpenWHO will present the learning platform to a panel of judges in November. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London, United Kingdom, on 16 February 2023.

Learn more about polio on World Polio Day


Polio is a virus that spreads from person-to-person with the ability to cause paralysis. As we mark World Polio Day on 24 October, we invite you to join our free online course to learn more about poliovirus, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership, and our core response strategies and the remaining challenges to eradication.

In 1988, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio. At the time, there were 125 endemic countries. Currently wild poliovirus remains in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The 1-hour training is aimed at all current and new polio staff and anyone interested in learning more about polio eradication. It utilizes short videos and quizzes to introduce the material and test your understanding, and provides the opportunity to earn a certificate and digital badge to share your achievement.

The course is currently available in English and French. Start learning today.

Leave no one behind: Online learning for World Food Day


Food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition continue to increase globally due to the toxic combination of drivers such as conflicts and weather extremes and the effects of climate change and economic shocks.

On World Food Day 2022, we are focusing on building a sustainable world where everyone, everywhere has regular access to enough nutritious food.

OpenWHO provides a 30-minute course that introduces the basic concept of food insecurity and reviews the impact and implications of food crises on health, health systems and programming. The course also describes the structure and content of the Food Insecurity and Health Readiness and Response Strategic Framework and its 5 strategic domains – coordination and collaboration, surveillance and information, outbreak prevention and control, essential nutrition actions and health service actions – to support its use and operationalization of country-specific planning.

Celebrate World Food Day on 16 October by enrolling in the course, now available in English and French.

Join our new course with UN partners on International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction


As we mark International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, OpenWHO is launching a new online course for urban leaders, planners and practitioners on transitioning to complex risk management and resilient urban futures.

Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a serious challenge to cities, exacerbating vulnerabilities and having a tremendous impact on urban health and well-being. The pandemic reveals the new reality: cities are living with uncertainties and facing much more complex risks. To build more resilient and sustainable urban futures, cities need to evolve to reflect the interconnectedness of people, the planet and prosperity, and need to transition to systematic risk governance with an enhanced understanding of risks.

The new course was jointly developed by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Global Education and Training Institute (UNDRR GETI), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and WHO headquarters. Based on a virtual training programme that was held from August to September 2022, the modules aim to:

  • increase the understanding and capacities to manage complex and systematic disaster risks, and enhance public health emergency response preparedness and South-South cooperation;
  • better prepare city stakeholders for transitioning to living with the COVID-19 pandemic, fostering collective collaboration and better preparing cities for future crises, especially health emergencies and uncertainties; and
  • facilitate city-to-city partnerships in South-South and triangular cooperation towards sustainable development.

The course will take approximately 4.5 hours to complete and participants have the opportunity to earn certificates and digital badges to share their achievements. Join the course here.

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


New course series on the clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings

Sexual violence and intimate partner violence can be especially problematic in complex emergencies and natural disasters. In these situations, women and children are often targets of abuse, exploitation, and violence because of their sex, age and status in society. This five-course series is intended for healthcare workers providing services to survivors of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings. For a better learning experience, we recommend accessing the courses in the order listed below:

  1. Introduction to the clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings
  2. Mental health and psychosocial support: Clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings
  3. Management of intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings
  4. First-line support: Clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings
  5. Clinical management of rape

New course on delivering quality health services to refugees and migrants from Ukraine

OpenWHO launched a course on delivering quality health services to refugees and migrants from Ukraine, the first WHO course in video format to support health workers in hosting and receiving countries to provide quality and safe care that is responsive to the circumstances and particular health needs of people from Ukraine seeking health assistance.

Try out our new interactive features in our new course on Chemical and Biological Deliberate events

The course CBDE Awareness: Recognizing Signs of Deliberate Release of Chemical or Biological Agents aims to ensure that emergency responders recognize possible deliberate events with chemical or biological agents and know the different response types this will require compared to other emergencies. You will have the opportunity to explore interactive videos and exercises, with pop-up texts and knowledge checks across the course modules. A new OpenWHO learning experience is at your fingertips!

New courses and languages

We are pleased to announce the following courses that were also recently made available:

New translations

The following 7 translations have been launched this month:

  • Introduction to Monkeypox in Arabic
  • Waste management in Georgian
  • Mental health and psychosocial support in Spanish
  • Ready4Response Tier 1 in Arabic
  • Ready4Response Tier 2 in Arabic
  • Empowering communities during outbreaks in Chinese and Arabic

Updates to course content

The following course materials have been revised to reflect updates to the technical content and are now up to date:

  • COVID-19 vaccine-specific resources in French: Videos and resources for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen, Covaxin and Novavax COVID-19 vaccines have been updated.
  • Waste management in English.

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 46 courses on COVID-19, with a total of 177 courses spread across 65 languages. All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language. You can also access our catalogues which show all courses and languages available for COVID-19 and other health topics here.

Emergency management courses accredited for Continuing Professional Development

Four OpenWHO courses have received Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation, certifying that they have been independently assessed and approved for personal and professional development: Ready4Response Tier 1 and Tier 2, the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre and Health Cluster Coordination. Certificates from officially verified CPD courses indicate to learners and professional bodies that the learning value has been scrutinized to ensure both integrity and quality.

New countries added to the Serving Countries corner on OpenWHO

This portal offers learning resources to support a country's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other health threats. Created in collaboration with WHO Country Offices and Ministries of Health, resources based on WHO scientific guidance are available in each country’s official language(s) to empower frontline health workers, policymakers and the public. Armenia and Poland are the most recent additions to our Serving Countries portal.

Monthly newsletter

You can access the most recent newsletter here. The newsletter highlights are also available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority


10 October is World Mental Health Day, which provides us with an opportunity to re-kindle our efforts to protect and improve mental health, including in emergencies.

OpenWHO offers an online orientation course to strengthen the competencies of health sector actors working in emergencies to establish, support and scale up Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in countries. The focus of this course is on how to apply existing practical, evidence-based, scalable tools and practice-led approaches for successful implementation of projects to strengthen MHPSS in emergencies operations, protection from mental health and psychosocial consequences of crises and towards the realization of universal mental health coverage.

Through this training, you will learn about key approaches to advocacy and to identify entry points for mental health and psychosocial integration as an integral and cross-cutting component in public health emergency responses and in humanitarian emergencies. The training will also emphasize a focus on early recovery, highlighting WHO’s past successes in building back better.

The course will take approximately 7 hours to complete, with the opportunity to earn a certificate and digital badge to share your achievement.

The training is currently available in 4 languages, which you can access below:

New course: Delivering quality health services to refugees and migrants from Ukraine


Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis on 24 February 2022, millions of people have fled Ukraine, crossing borders into neighbouring countries.

Refugees and migrants from Ukraine may face challenges that hinder their access to health care in hosting and receiving countries, such as linguistic, financial and cultural barriers, discrimination and social exclusion. They have specific health needs and vulnerabilities requiring culturally sensitive care that recognizes the impact of migration and displacement on their physical and mental health.

Today, WHO published Delivering quality health services to refugees and migrants from Ukraine, the first WHO course in video format to support health workers in hosting and receiving countries to provide quality and safe care that is responsive to the circumstances and particular health needs of people from Ukraine seeking health assistance.

Developed by the WHO Health and Migration Programme alongside clinicians providing health services to refugees and migrants, the 30-minute video course features six case studies that reflect the common health problems of conflict-affected populations fleeing Ukraine.

  • Access the course here.
  • Read the news release here.

Learn in 65 languages on OpenWHO


As we mark International Translation Day on 30 September, OpenWHO is proud to offer free online public health courses in 65 different languages so that more communities can access and easily understand life-saving public health information.

Learning is easier in your own language. OpenWHO courses are translated into as many languages as possible to enhance learning uptake and retention, and advance equity in access to public health knowledge.

Languages available on our platform include 19 of the 20 most spoken languages worldwide, as well as the official languages of 44 of the 46 least-developed countries.

In total, 19.7 million words have been translated to empower people with knowledge to protect their health and the health of their communities.

Celebrate International Translation Day by learning in your language on OpenWHO!

Online learning in English, French and Russian for World Rabies Day


Despite being fully preventable, dog-mediated human rabies kills tens of thousands of people every year, especially in rural and impoverished areas in Africa and Asia.

On World Rabies Day 2022, learn about rabies and the One Health approach currently taken to prevent it by enrolling in our free online course.

This course provides participants with knowledge about the biology and epidemiology of this Neglected Zoonotic Disease, the current “Zero by 30” rabies elimination strategy, and how to prevent rabies in people and dogs by taking a One Health approach. The learning package consists of 7 modules, which include downloadable video-lectures by global experts and professionals confronted with rabies in the field.

The course is available in English, French and Russian and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. You will have the opportunity to earn a course certificate and a digital badge to share your achievement on social media. Start learning today!

New courses to help control and eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases


OpenWHO is continuing to expand its Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) learning channel, recently adding courses on how to apply One Health action to NTDs and presenting the flagship NTD road map strategy document and accompanying sustainability framework.

All 3 courses are self-paced and open to anyone interested, with the opportunity to earn course certificates and digital badges:

Learn more about why the road map and sustainability framework courses were developed in this WHO news post. The One Health course was also featured on the WHO website earlier this month.

Celebrating International Day of Sign Languages


At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, OpenWHO made our “Introduction to COVID-19” learning materials available in Indian sign language to help meet the needs of learners in one of the world’s most populous countries and beyond.

Today the course hosts 55 000 learners across 150 countries, with 88.1% of learners located in India, and other key learning communities situated in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Half of the learners are students (33.3%), health professionals (9.6%) or personnel of non-governmental organizations (8.4%).

Of the 65 languages available on the OpenWHO learning platform, Indian sign language is the 7th most popular overall.

On 23 September, celebrate International Day of Sign Languages by spreading the word about these important resources and raising awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf. Learn more about the international day here.

Online learning for World Patient Safety Day


On 17 September, OpenWHO invites you to observe World Patient Safety Day by expanding your knowledge in one of our free online courses. This year's theme is medication safety, in recognition that medication harm accounts for 50% of the overall preventable harm in medical care.

OpenWHO courses related to medication safety include:

  • Safety in administering medicines for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): Safety is a primary concern for NTD programmes. For example, medicines that are donated for treatment are manufactured under stringent regulatory authority guidelines or are prequalified by WHO, with considerable effort in determining safety for mass treatment and in conducting surveillance for serious adverse events. These training modules are intended to help national programmes for NTDs plan, prepare and monitor the safe administration of medicines for treatment of these diseases.

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship: A competency-based approach: This course will equip clinicians who frequently prescribe antimicrobials with knowledge and tools to improve their use of these essential medications in daily clinical practice. Through case based examples, the course will highlight how antimicrobial stewardship principles can be applied to common clinical scenarios.

  • Standard precautions: Injection safety and needle-stick injury management: In this course, you will learn about the causes of unsafe injection practices, how to safely give injections, and how to safely dispose of needles and other sharps. You will also learn what to do when needle-stick injuries occur, how to manage potential exposures, and ways to protect yourself, the staff and patients in your facility, and your community.

You can view OpenWHO's full offering of courses on 169 health topics here.

Join us: Health Inequality Monitoring Foundations eLearning course series and webinar


Register here for a webinar about the new "Health Inequality Monitoring Foundations" course series on the Health Inequality Monitoring channel of OpenWHO:

When: 14 September 2022, 13:00-14:00 CET

WHO is committed to advancing health equity around the globe. Yet, in 2020, only half of countries included disaggregated data as part of their published national health statistics reports. Health inequality monitoring provides critical evidence to determine who is being left behind, and inform equity-oriented changes to policies, programmes and practices.

A new WHO eLearning course series, "Health Inequality Monitoring Foundations", addresses the need for capacity strengthening in health inequality monitoring. This 5-course series is delivered in a self-directed learning environment, designed to meet the immediate learning needs of users. It is primarily targeted to monitoring and evaluation officers, researchers, analysts, and others with a general interest in health data and inequality monitoring.

  • The Overview course gives a general introduction to the health inequality monitoring cycle and related key terminology and concepts.

  • The Data sources course examines the strengths, limitations and opportunities to improve common data sources for health inequality monitoring, as well as the processes of data source mapping and data linking.

  • The Health data disaggregation course explores how disaggregated health data are integral across the steps of monitoring, and guides learners in assessing and reporting disaggregated data.

  • The Summary measures of health inequality course discusses the general characteristics of simple and complex summary measures, and guides learners through the selection, calculation, interpretation and reporting of a range of measures.

  • The Reporting course demonstrates the components of high-quality health inequality reporting, emphasizing purpose-driven, audience-centred and technically rigorous approaches.

Each course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete and can be completed at your own pace, all at once or in several sittings. You will have the opportunity to earn a course certificate and digital badge to share your achievement on social media for all 5 courses in the series.

Additional courses are available on the Health Inequality Monitoring channel, which was recently highlighted as a tool for capacity strengthening in the International Journal for Equity in Health:

"The courses on the Health Inequality Monitoring channel demonstrate how technical information can be simplified and presented to broad audiences in a manner that is highly accessible to learners. The Health Inequality Monitoring channel on OpenWHO is an innovative and necessary addition to existing tools and resources to support the advancement of health equity."

You can read the full publication here.

6 emergency management courses recognized for high-quality learning


As health threats continue to challenge communities across the globe, WHO is taking steps to ensure high-quality training in emergency management is available to keep people safer in these crises.

6 WHO emergency management courses have achieved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation, certifying that they have been independently assessed and approved for personal and professional development. Certificates from officially verified CPD courses indicate to learners and professional bodies that the learning value has been scrutinized to ensure both integrity and quality. The accredited training includes 2 blended courses that use a mix of online, peer and face-to-face learning methods and 4 open online courses hosted on OpenWHO.org.

The 2 blended courses make up the 2 “phases” of the Leadership in Emergencies programme, which helps WHO and Ministry of Health staff develop key leadership skills to fulfil Team Lead, Health Cluster Coordinator and Incident Manager roles in health emergencies. Initially organized in-person, the Leadership in Emergencies courses were digitalized when in-person learning was disrupted by the pandemic.

Phase 1 is an 8-week course of online classes and group work focused on developing leadership skills. Phase 2 provides concentrated and specialist training on the use of transversal skills in an emergency setting using a mix of online classes and a workshop. To date, 165 participants have attended the Phase 1 course, while 48 have attended Phase 2.

“Leadership skills are essential for health emergency response” said Andrew Black, the WHO Technical Officer who manages the Leadership programme. “We are thrilled that these courses have been accredited for Continuing Professional Development, bringing renewed credibility and benefit for learners in this critical training.”

Open online learning

The other 4 accredited courses are available in self-paced formats for anyone interested on WHO’s free online learning platform OpenWHO.org.

The Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) course, available in 9 languages, is aimed at health emergency preparedness and response professionals, policy makers and partners seeking to implement and sustain PHEOCs. A PHEOC is a physical location for the coordination of information and resources to support incident management activities.

The Health Cluster coordination course developed by the Global Health Cluster also received its accreditation. Health Clusters exist to relieve suffering and save lives in humanitarian emergencies, while advancing the well-being and dignity of affected populations. This course was designed to increase the skills and knowledge of Health Cluster teams and partners and to strengthen the efficiency and accountability of all stakeholders in responding to humanitarian crises.

The Ready4Response course series, which serves as a foundation for the Leadership in Emergencies programme, was certified earlier this year. The multi-tiered core curriculum aims to develop consistent learning standards across the emergency response workforces at national level and equips participants with essential competencies needed to work within public health emergency response. The Tier 1 course focuses on the response context and principles, while Tier 2 addresses systems, structures and skills.

Achieving these 6 accreditations further advances the WHO Health Emergencies Programme’s goal of improving health emergency response in all contexts by providing the highest quality learning content to global learners.

Celebrating World Humanitarian Day


As we mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, OpenWHO is proud to host free multilingual learning resources to support the response to humanitarian crises. This includes a new course on food insecurity available in English and French, as well as 18 courses in Ukrainian to support the response to health emergencies in Ukraine.

OpenWHO also offers online courses that address many diseases currently causing outbreaks, including:

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


Celebrating World Humanitarian Day

As we mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, OpenWHO is proud to host free multilingual learning resources to support the response to humanitarian crises. This includes a new course on food insecurity available in English and French, as well as 18 courses in Ukrainian to support the response to health emergencies in Ukraine.

OpenWHO also offers online courses that address many diseases currently causing outbreaks, including:

New courses and languages

We are pleased to announce the following courses that were recently made available:

New translations

The following 19 translations have been launched this month:

  • Cholera in Ukrainian
  • SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic testing in Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19 in Georgian
  • Hand hygiene in Armenian
  • Introduction to IPC in Armenian
  • Go.Data in French
  • Ready for Response Tier 1 in French
  • Ready for Response Tier 2 in French
  • Vaccine safety basics in Chinese
  • Clinical management of patients with COVID-19: Initial approach to the acutely ill patient in Russian
  • Empowering communities before, during, and after an infectious disease outbreak in Spanish and Russian
  • Social and behavioural insights COVID-19 data collection tool in French
  • African Vaccines Regulatory Forum clinical trials inspections in French and Portuguese
  • Mycetoma in Arabic
  • Tungiasis in French

Updates to course content

The following course materials have been revised to reflect updates to the technical content and are now up to date:

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 46 courses on COVID-19, with a total of 165 courses spread across 65 languages. All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language. You can also access our catalogues which show all courses and languages available for COVID-19 and other health topics here.

Monthly newsletter

You can access the most recent newsletter here. The newsletter highlights are also available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

Did you know mycetoma commonly affects young adults? Learn more in our free course


As we mark International Youth Day, OpenWHO invites you to sign up for our free course on mycetoma, available on the Neglected Tropical Diseases learning channel.

Mycetoma is a chronic, disfiguring disease usually of the foot but any part of the body can be affected. The disease commonly affects young adults, mostly males aged between 15 and 30 years in developing, tropical countries. People of low socioeconomic status and manual workers such as agriculturalists, labourers and herdsmen are the worst affected.

Mycetoma has numerous adverse medical, health and socioeconomic impacts on patients, families and their communities. Accurate data on its incidence and prevalence are not available. Treatment is often unsatisfactory in people with advanced disease and amputation may be required. Therefore, early detection and management are important to reduce morbidity and improve outcomes.

The aim of this 30-minute course is to provide information about mycetoma to increase the knowledge and skills of national and front-line health workers to address this disease. A Record of Achievement certificate will be issued to participants who receive at least 80% on the post-test. The course is currently available in English and Arabic. Sign up today!

Now 7 million enrolments strong: Join the OpenWHO.org learning community


The World Health Organization is celebrating a new milestone in online learning: 7 million enrolments in OpenWHO.org’s free public health courses!

The record-setting participation comes as health emergencies continue to affect communities across the globe, generating demand for trusted and accessible public health knowledge. OpenWHO course enrolments have surged more than 4000% percent in just over 2.5 years, increasing from 160 000 in January 2020 to 7 million in August 2022.

The OpenWHO platform hosts courses on 165 public health topics, including training to support the response to outbreaks like the COVID-19 pandemic, monkeypox, polio, cholera, Marburg virus disease and plague, as well as for ongoing events like food insecurity and the crisis in Ukraine.

Courses are available in 65 languages – most recently adding Georgian to the offering – so that communities can access life-saving public health information in their native languages, making it easier to understand. This includes the 15 most commonly spoken languages worldwide and the official languages of 44 out of 46 of the least-developed countries.

More than 3.7 million course certificates have been issued to OpenWHO learners, who have shared more than 50 000 digital badges on social media to celebrate their achievements.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people across the world to access the trusted, science-based public health information that they need,” said Heini Utunen, acting Head of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme’s Learning and Capacity Development Unit, which manages the OpenWHO platform. “Equity is the cornerstone of our learning response to health emergencies.”

OpenWHO’s global community of learners recently shared examples of how they have benefited from the learning platform at an open webinar celebrating OpenWHO’s 5th anniversary.

“I have learned many things about the COVID-19 pandemic from courses of the OpenWHO programme,” one learner said. “It literally helps me to speak with my local community. Because I am a pharmacist, I have been asked so many questions about risk, possibilities and about medications and I have shared the knowledge that I got from professionals from these courses.”

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed to developing this wonderful idea and providing this valuable information for free,” said another OpenWHO learner.

OpenWHO: Open to all, anytime, from anywhere. Start learning today.

Noma course featured in Business Post Nigeria


Business Post Nigeria highlighted OpenWHO's new free online course on noma in a recent news article.

“This course will be a useful self-learning tool for health workers to increase their capacity to prevent, identify, treat and refer noma considering both public health and human rights aspects.

“Officers in charge of noma at the national and district level can also utilize the course material to train primary care workers,” says Yuka Makino, a technical officer for oral health at the WHO Regional Office for Africa.

Noma (cancrum oris) is a serious gangrenous disease of the mouth and face, mainly affecting children aged 2 to 6 years in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite substantial knowledge gaps, it is reported to be linked with malnutrition, poor oral hygiene, immunosuppression and living in extreme poverty situations.

The aim of the course is to provide information about noma, and to increase the knowledge and skills of national and front-line health workers to help them prevent, identify and treat this disease. A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% in the final assessment.

Using social and behavioural data to manage COVID-19: New course available in French


Given the challenges in capturing up-to-date social and behavioural data in emergencies, WHO has developed the ‘Social and Behavioural Insights COVID-19 Data Collection Tool for Africa’ (available in English, French and Portuguese).

Recently a course explaining how to use the tool was launched in English and is now available in French. The course is part of the SocialNet series supporting social science, risk communication and community engagement in response to health emergencies, with additional courses expected to launch in the coming months.

Register for joint certificate training: Complex risk management and resilient urban futures


The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Global Education and Training Institute (UNDRR GETI), United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and WHO have joined together to deliver a unique online training for local authorities and urban practitioners: Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Learning from COVID-19.

The training will be held on 23 and 30 August and 6 and 13 September 2022, for a total of 4 online sessions in English with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The programme includes an end-of-course assessment and a post-course survey.

Register for the training before 15 August 2022 at https://virtual-expo.southsouth-galaxy.org/en/SSC-DRR-PAHO-WHO-joint-training.

More information is available at https://www.undrr.org/event/undrr-unossc-who-paho2022.

Free online course on cholera available in Ukrainian


WHO has launched its introductory online course on cholera in Ukrainian on the free OpenWHO.org learning platform, responding to the ongoing risk of cholera outbreak in Ukraine.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food. It can lead to dehydration, and death in patients with severe forms of the disease. The 1-hour self-paced introductory level course is intended for personnel responsible for prevention and control of cholera and for those involved in cholera outbreaks and response.

The WHO Country Office in Ukraine has worked closely with the Learning and Capacity Development Unit in WHO headquarters on the development of OpenWHO courses in Ukraine's national language. This course is the 18th to launch on OpenWHO’s Ukraine learning channel to support the country’s preparedness for and response to public health emergencies. Additional Ukrainian courses are currently under development on a variety of topics, including rabies, health and peace, operational readiness, health emergency response and vaccine safety.

Now in French: Ready4Response foundational courses


We are committed to increasing equitable access to learning. Part of this commitment includes providing learning in learners' preferred languages. We are proud to say that Ready4Response Tiers 1 and 2 – our foundational courses – are now available on OpenWHO.org in French:

Ready4Response is a multi-tiered core curriculum that aims to develop consistent learning standards across the emergency response workforces at national level. It equips participants with essential competencies needed to work within public health emergency response.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that all countries are challenged in their abilities to respond to emergencies. Having access to the right people, with the right skills and training, at the right time and location is essential to saving lives and protecting the health of people, societies and economies during an emergency.

Tier 1 provides context and principles of the all-hazards approach to emergency response, outlining the various actors involved, their roles and structural relationships. It also examines in-depth WHO's role in response, and discusses core ethics and principles all responders must follow.

Tier 2 focuses on the Incident Management System (IMS) and its core functions. It also examines core skills required to work effectively in a response team and describes the basic principles of risk management.

Both Ready4Response courses are "Continuing Professional Development" certified. Tier 1 is also available in English, Portuguese and Lao, and Tier 2 is also available in English and Lao.

New course on the Food Insecurity and Health Readiness and Response Strategic Framework


Food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition continue to increase globally due to the toxic combination of drivers such as conflicts and weather extremes and the effects of climate change and economic shocks.

Food crises are also health emergencies: food shortages and factors associated with them determine an increase in the nutrition and health risks of the population affected and a consequent increase in the need for preventive and curative health care. While malnutrition increases risk of new diseases and of deterioration of existing diseases, especially among children, pregnant and lactating women (PLWs), people living with chronic diseases and disabilities, and the elderly, food insecurity also contributes to deterioration in health-seeking behaviour and increasing access barriers to health care with consequent negative impact on service coverage – especially in a context where health systems are already under-resourced and disrupted.

As the role of WHO and of the health sector in food insecurity and food crises has been often underestimated and neglected, an internal WHO strategic framework for readiness and preparedness was elaborated by a dedicated multi-departmental working group, in collaboration with the Eastern Mediterranean and African regions, to support the strengthening of WHO national capacities for a more prompt, effective and resilient health system response to food insecurity and famine.

The course "The Food Insecurity and Health Readiness and Response Strategic Framework" provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food insecurity, the impact and implications of food crises in health, health systems and programming, and the structure and content of the Strategic Framework and its 5 strategic domains (coordination and collaboration, surveillance and information, outbreak prevention and control, essential nutrition actions, health service actions) to support its use and operationalization in the framework of country-specific planning.

New channel brings together courses on health inequality monitoring


Health inequalities exist in every population. A health inequality refers to an observable difference in health between subgroups in a population. With the necessary data, health inequalities can be measured, compared and tracked over time.

OpenWHO has launched a new learning channel that includes training courses about the foundations of health inequality monitoring, its application to specific topics and skill building. Health inequality monitoring entails quantifying and assessing health inequalities in a defined population to inform where changes are needed to advance health equity.

Two courses are currently available on the channel:

New learning channel on digital health and innovation


Digital technologies have proven potential to enhance health outcomes by improving medical diagnosis, data-based treatment decisions, digital therapeutics, clinical trials, self-management of care and person-centred care, as well as creating more evidence-based knowledge, skills and competence for professionals to support health care.

OpenWHO's new Digital Health and Innovation channel provides advice on how to expand the use of digital technologies and maximize the opportunities of the digital transformation of health care to enable sustainable health systems and universal health coverage, while avoiding pitfalls and managing risks.

The channel currently hosts one course on ethics and governance of artificial intelligence (AI) for health and will continue to expand its offerings in the coming months.

Adapted from the core contents of the Guidance on Ethics & Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health, the course introduces entry-level knowledge to policymakers, AI developers and designers, and health care providers who are involved in designing, developing, using and regulating AI technology for health.

AI has enormous potential for improving health outcomes and helping countries achieve universal health coverage. However, for AI to have a beneficial impact on people’s health, ethical considerations and human rights must be placed at the centre of its design, development and use.

The course will take approximately 3.5 hours to complete, and offers both Confirmation of Participation and Record of Achievement certificates. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download a digital badge for the course.

OpenWHO featured on Thought Leaders podcast


As OpenWHO celebrated 5 years of operations, the learning platform's role in providing trusted information during emergency response was highlighted on the openSAP Invites Thought Leaders podcast.

The episode featured Heini Utunen, who serves as Acting Head of the Learning and Capacity Development Unit in the WHO Health Emergencies Programme and manages the OpenWHO platform. You can listen to the podcast here.

"Our contribution to the learning in public health is that of equity," Utunen said. "We believe that it's the cornerstone for any action that we take with learning materials and learning interventions to enable as many people as possible to access and utilize the materials and make it as easy as possible for the learner to join the learning journey."

The European Union for Azerbaijan spotlights health workers learning on OpenWHO


The European Union for Azerbaijan highlighted the growing popularity of the OpenWHO learning platform among Azerbaijani health workers in a recent news story.

The story reported a tenfold increase in participation over the last 6 months to 18 000 enrolments. It also included feedback from health workers who have utilized the learning platform, including Dr Ziyafat Guliyeva who completed 81 OpenWHO courses.

“OpenWHO provides lots of opportunities. I found it very useful that learning methods on disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment include not only written materials, but video clips with details, as well. I got acquainted with the new methodology on taking medications along with the modern diagnostics techniques”, says Dr Guliyeva.

Read the full story from the European Union for Azerbaijan here.

OpenWHO's Azerbaijan learning channel, which includes a course in Azerbaijani and links to additional courses in Russian and Turkish, is available here.

Building health systems resilience during and beyond the pandemic


On 19 October 2021, WHO launched its position paper Building health systems resilience for universal health coverage and health security during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond to support countries in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. This reinforces the need for an integrated approach to building health systems resilience in the context of unprecedented public and political calls for greater resilience in health systems to tackle diverse and complex public health challenges – from acute to chronic shocks – those countries are facing in the 21st century.

To help address this, OpenWHO has launched a free course that introduces health systems resilience attributes and key requirements for enabling system resilience with an integrated approach across policymaking, planning, operational levels and in monitoring and evaluation efforts. The target audiences are policy makers, managers and other current and aspiring leaders in health, particularly those responsible for public health management at national, subnational and service delivery levels.

By the end of this course, participants will develop the knowledge and skills to apply an integrated approach to making health systems resilient to public health challenges. Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation by completing at least 80% of the course material, and a Certificate of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.

Join the course here: *An integrated approach to building health systems resilience*

Join one of our 33 Russian courses on Russian Language Day


Each year on 6 June, we celebrate the Russian language – one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations – on Russian Language Day.

OpenWHO currently hosts 33 courses in Russian, with additional courses in translation.

Celebrate Russian Language Day by enrolling in one of our free Russian courses today!

Check out OpenWHO's 5-year scrapbook and join our anniversary webinar


We are celebrating 5 years of our open learning platform! You can view our OpenWHO scrapbook and other 5th anniversary materials here.

As a reminder, please join us for a webinar on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 celebrating this exciting milestone. The free event will be held from 11:30 – 13:30 CEST and is open to anyone interested. Register for the webinar here.

WHO launched OpenWHO in June 2017 to facilitate the transfer of public health knowledge for emergencies on a massive scale in anticipation of the next pandemic. Grounded in the principles of open access and equity, courses are free, self-paced, accessible in low-bandwidth and offline formats, and available in national and local languages.

After serving responders in outbreaks from Ebola to plague, OpenWHO dramatically scaled up course production for the COVID-19 pandemic, making life-saving information from WHO experts available online at a time when lockdowns and social distancing limited our ability to physically come together to learn.

The 1 June webinar will be divided into 2 parts:

  1. Behind the scenes with OpenWHO (11:30 – 12:30 CEST)
    This session will explore OpenWHO’s journey from June 2017 to today with WHO leaders who shaped the open learning platform and paved the way for its pandemic response.

  2. Disseminating learning for vulnerable contexts (12:30 – 13:30 CEST)
    This session will feature partners’ experiences disseminating public health emergency learning and the impact it has made on vulnerable contexts.

We look forward to seeing you on 1 June to celebrate 5 years of OpenWHO!

Webinar invitation and new courses and languages on OpenWHO


Monkeypox courses available in English and French

In the wake of recent monkeypox outbreaks, learn more and be prepared to respond through OpenWHO courses on monkeypox. An introductory course about the disease, routes of transmission, clinical symptoms, and prevention and control strategies for health care personnel is available, as well as a more in-depth intermediate course designed for public health officials and health workers. The courses are available in English and French.

  • Monkeypox: Introductory course for African outbreak contexts: English | French

  • Monkeypox: Epidemiology, preparedness and response for African outbreak contexts: English | French

Please note that the content and scope of these courses on monkeypox have been tailored for outbreaks in African countries where the disease is endemic. The course materials were last updated in 2021 (intermediate course) and 2020 (introductory course).

You’re invited: Webinar celebrating 5 years of OpenWHO

On 1 June 2022, please join us for a webinar celebrating 5 years of WHO’s open learning platform for health emergencies, OpenWHO.org. The free event will be held from 11:30 – 13:30 CEST and is open to anyone interested.

The webinar will be divided into 2 parts:

  1. Behind the scenes with OpenWHO (11:30 – 12:30 CEST) : This session will explore OpenWHO’s journey from June 2017 to today with WHO leaders who shaped the open learning platform and paved the way for its pandemic response.
  2. Disseminating learning for vulnerable contexts (12:30 – 13:30 CEST): This session will feature partners’ experiences disseminating public health emergency learning and the impact it has made on vulnerable contexts.

Register for the webinar here.

New courses and languages

We are pleased to announce the following COVID-19 courses:

New courses on other health topics:

New translations

The following 12 translations have been launched this month:

Updates to course content

The following course materials have been revised to reflect updates to the technical content and are now up to date:

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 46 courses on COVID-19, with a total of 155 courses spread across 64 languages. All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language. You can also access our catalogues which show all courses and languages available for COVID-19 and other health topics here.

NoExcuse #StopSEAH webinar series on OpenWHO

WHO is committed to capacitating our workforce, partners and collaborators to prevent, protect from and respond effectively and quickly to any allegation of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH). A new session has been recently added to OpenWHO on positive masculinity to ignite cultural change for the prevention and response to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Monthly newsletter

You can access the most recent newsletter here. The newsletter highlights are also available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

Monkeypox courses available in English and French


Human monkeypox is a rare emerging zoonotic disease of concern since it was first identified in humans in the seventies. It is one of the first epidemic-prone disease learning resources made available on the OpenWHO platform, in 2018.

Working collaboratively with WHO expert teams, the introductory course was launched and updated on OpenWHO to provide a general overview of the disease, describing its emergence, routes of transmission, symptomatology, and prevention and control strategies for health care personnel in charge of disease prevention and control and for the general public.

A more in-depth intermediate course is also available, designed for public health officials and health workers, for an advanced understanding of its epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment, as well as effective strategies for prevention, investigation and response to outbreaks.

  • Monkeypox: Introductory course for African outbreak contexts: English | Français
  • Monkeypox: Epidemiology, preparedness and response for African outbreak contexts: English | Français

Please note that the content and scope of these courses on monkeypox have been tailored for outbreaks in African countries where the disease is endemic. The course materials were last updated in 2021 (intermediate course) and 2020 (introductory course).

You're invited: Webinar celebrating 5 years of OpenWHO


On 1 June 2022, please join us for a webinar celebrating 5 years of WHO’s open learning platform for health emergencies, OpenWHO.org. The free event will be held from 11:30 – 13:30 CEST and is open to anyone interested.

Register for the webinar here.

WHO launched OpenWHO in June 2017 to facilitate the transfer of public health knowledge for emergencies on a massive scale in anticipation of the next pandemic. Grounded in the principles of open access and equity, courses are free, self-paced, accessible in low-bandwidth and offline formats, and available in national and local languages.

After serving responders in outbreaks from Ebola to plague, OpenWHO dramatically scaled up course production for the COVID-19 pandemic, making life-saving information from WHO experts available online at a time when lockdowns and social distancing limited our ability to physically come together to learn.

The 1 June webinar will be divided into 2 parts:

  1. Behind the scenes with OpenWHO (11:30 – 12:30 CEST)
    This session will explore OpenWHO’s journey from June 2017 to today with WHO leaders who shaped the open learning platform and paved the way for its pandemic response.

  2. Disseminating learning for vulnerable contexts (12:30 – 13:30 CEST)
    This session will feature partners’ experiences disseminating public health emergency learning and the impact it has made on vulnerable contexts.

We look forward to seeing you on 1 June to celebrate 5 years of OpenWHO!

New WHO online course on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in emergencies


As we mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we are pleased to offer a new WHO online course in English, Ukrainian and Polish that introduces participants to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in emergencies.

This free course presents how to apply existing practical, evidence-based, scalable tools and practice-led approaches for the successful implementation of projects to strengthen Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in emergencies – all based on WHO, Inter-Agency Standing Committee and Sphere Handbook content. The online orientation is designed to strengthen the competencies of health sector actors working in emergencies to establish, support and scale-up MHPSS in countries.

The primary audience of this course is humanitarian health sector staff seeking to integrate MHPSS into their programmes. This includes WHO Health Emergencies Programme staff and humanitarian actors from United Nations agencies, NGOs and governments. In addition, professional officers working in areas such as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), reproductive health and HIV in country offices, humanitarian organizations and Ministries of Health will benefit from participating in at least some of the course modules.

The 7-hour course can be taken wherever, whenever you want on OpenWHO.org, all at once or in several sittings. You have the opportunity to earn a certificate for test-based achievement, as well as a digital badge to share your achievement with your networks. The course will be available later in additional languages.

You can access the MHPSS training here.

Visit our virtual booth at the Global South-South Development Expo


Help us spread the word: OpenWHO is hosting a virtual booth as part of the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2022!

Co-hosted by the Government of Thailand and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the theme of this year's expo is “Advancing South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery: Towards a Smart and Resilient Future”. The annual event is organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to showcase evidence-based development solutions in collaboration with United Nations agencies and other partners.

Our virtual booth – which is now live – showcases OpenWHO.org and how we leave no one behind by promoting health literacy and equity through the massive online delivery of life-saving health knowledge. If you visit from 9-13 May, you will have the opportunity to chat with OpenWHO team members according to the posted schedule.

To access our virtual booth, live chat and the entire virtual exhibition, please follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Go to the main GSSD Expo 2022 website.

  • Step 2: Register using the "General Visitors Registration" button or the direct link here.

  • Step 3: Once you have registered, click “Login” to enter the platform.

  • Step 4: Once inside the platform, you will see the main lobby of the virtual GSSD Expo. Click "Exhibition" in the lobby or the "Exhibit Hall 1" tab in the upper menu, and OpenWHO’s booth will be the first to appear.

Hope to see you and your colleagues there!

Celebrating World Portuguese Language Day


The Portuguese language is the most widely spoken language in the southern hemisphere, with 265 million speakers worldwide according to UNESCO. Given its geographical reach and high use in vulnerable communities, the OpenWHO platform offers 28 courses in Portuguese.

Join us in celebrating Portuguese Language Day on 5 May by enrolling in one of our free multilingual courses for managing public health emergencies. Open to all, anytime, from anywhere.

Have you earned your Ready4Response certificate? Now with Continuing Professional Development certification


Certificates for the Ready4Response course series now highlight the courses' Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation and include a QR code verifying that learners successfully passed each course.

The two Ready4Response courses – Tier 1 and Tier 2 – received CPD accreditation in January, certifying that their content and structure have been independently assessed and approved for continuing personal and professional development purposes. They were the first OpenWHO courses to receive this recognition, which is now noted on the course certificates.

A QR code on each certificate also enables employers and other interested parties to verify that an individual successfully completed and passed all course exercises with the click of a button.

As WHO’s core curriculum for health emergency response, the Ready4Response course series was created to train health workers and responders currently working, or interested in working, in national health emergency response. With a multi-tiered core curriculum, the series aims to develop consistent learning standards across the emergency response workforces at national level, equipping participants with the essential competencies needed to work in public health emergency response.

Protecting workers’ health and safety: Online training resources at your fingertips


Everyone deserves to work in a place that is healthy and safe. Each year on 28 April, we celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work to raise awareness of this right and the steps we can take to ensure it is a reality for workers across the globe.

Training is key. Nearly half of the world’s population works. Providing workers with the latest occupational health and safety knowledge can help protect them from work-related injuries, diseases and deaths. This is especially important during public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workplaces have played an important role in both the spread and mitigation of COVID-19. Health workers of all kinds have been particularly affected by the pandemic. Not only have they been sick, they have suffered adverse effects of prolonged use of personal protective equipment, fatigue and mental health problems, violence and harassment and exposure to hazardous disinfectants.

The pandemic has stimulated many work settings around the world to expand telework and hybrid work arrangements. All these can impact the health, safety and wellbeing of workers.

So the World Health Organization (WHO) is offering free online courses on these topics on its OpenWHO.org learning platform. Materials are available in multilingual and low-bandwidth formats to maximize access.

WHO has also collaborated with partners like the International Labour Organization (ILO) on additional training materials to protect health workers and responders and prepare workplaces for future health emergencies. To access these learning resources, please visit the links below.

  • COVID-19 and work: Staying healthy and safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic (OpenWHO): This course is intended to guide workers and their representatives, business leaders, managers, as well as occupational health and safety professionals in protecting their workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Healthy and safe telework (OpenWHO): This course provides guidance to teleworkers and their managers on protecting and promoting health and wellbeing while teleworking.

  • Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19 (OpenWHO): All health workers require knowledge and skills to protect themselves and others from the occupational risks they encounter, so that they can work safely and effectively. This course consists of five sections in response to these needs.

  • All-Hazard Rapid Response Teams Training Package (WHO Health Security Learning Platform): The all-hazard Rapid Response Teams Training Package is a structured comprehensive collection of training resources and tools enabling relevant training institutions to organize, run and evaluate face-to-face training for Rapid Response Teams tailored to country specific needs.

  • Occupational safety and health in public health emergencies: a manual for protecting health workers and responders (WHO/ILO publication): This manual provides an overview of the main occupational safety and health risks faced by emergency responders during disease outbreaks and other emergencies, such as natural disasters, chemical incidents, radiological emergencies and emergencies involving conflicts. The intent is to assist organizations and workplaces to better prepare and respond to these events.

  • HealthWISE - Work Improvement in Health Services (ILO/WHO publication): HealthWISE is a practical, participatory quality improvement tool for health facilities. The HealthWISE package consists of an Action Manual and a Trainers' Guide to combine action and learning. Topics include occupational safety and health, personnel management and environmental health.

Open to all, anytime, anywhere: Free online courses bring vaccine knowledge to the global community


Empowering health workers, decision-makers and the public with trusted knowledge about immunization is critical to protecting people from vaccine-preventable diseases. Health professionals need this knowledge to safely and effectively administer vaccines, leaders rely on it to inform health policy, and individuals depend on it to make decisions about their own health and the health of their families.

That is why the World Health Organization has developed a suite of online courses addressing key vaccination topics on its free learning platform OpenWHO.org. Courses are available in national and local languages and can be taken at each learner’s own pace, all at once or across several sittings, to enable access for as many people as possible.

As we celebrate World Immunization Week from 24-30 April, we welcome you to enroll in the following OpenWHO courses and share them with your networks. Vaccines save lives — and so can knowledge.

COVID-19 vaccine courses

  • COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers: All health workers involved in implementation of COVID-19 vaccination need to have adequate knowledge and skills in order to ensure safe and efficient COVID-19 vaccine administration. The COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers package is developed for frontline health workers in countries. The package, developed in collaboration with UNICEF, consists of 6 modules, which include video lectures, quizzes, job aids, interactive exercises and downloadable presentations with the available information.

  • Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines: The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator’s Country Readiness and Delivery workstream has released guidance on developing a national deployment and vaccination plan (NDVP) for COVID-19 vaccines. This course is intended to help national and sub-national focal points in countries develop the NDVP and prepare for COVID-19 vaccine introduction.

  • COVID-19 vaccine-specific resources: Health workers involved in deployment and implementation of COVID-19 vaccination require vaccine-specific knowledge to ensure safe and efficient vaccine delivery. This training provides key information about COVID-19 vaccines through short instructional videos, vaccine explainers, job aids, topic briefings and downloadable presentations.

  • Learning how to use the COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction and deployment Costing (CVIC) tool: The CVIC tool is the WHO-UNICEF tool designed to assist countries in the process of planning and costing COVID-19 vaccination. The aim of this course is to demonstrate the use of the CVIC tool. The course is targeting national programme managers and personnel who have been involved in the costing, budgeting or financing processes of COVID-19 vaccine delivery in a country.

  • Discover your leadership moment: The pandemic has revealed deep structural and systemic issues in our society. From equity issues to people's loss of trust in institutions evidenced by vaccine hesitancy, the need for a different approach to leading consequential change is evident. How do we mobilize people to tackle complexity, while holding them through uncertainty towards a better future? This course aims to start you on your leadership journey to do just that!

Additional immunization topics

  • Vaccine safety basics: This course introduces participants to the foundations of vaccine pharmacovigilance. The aim of this course is to provide healthcare professionals whose work involve vaccine safety issues, with essential knowledge about vaccines and their safety aspects. These professionals can include nurses, midwives, community health workers, as well as pharmacists, medical doctors and immunization programme or vaccine safety communication officers.

  • Inequality monitoring in immunization: Ensuring universal access to immunization promotes better population health and improved outcomes across diverse aspects of development. Unfortunately, however, the benefits of vaccines are spread unevenly. Monitoring inequality in vaccination coverage is a way to identify where inequalities exist and where disadvantaged subgroups stand in terms of access to and utilization of health services. This course introduces the general steps of inequality monitoring in immunization, which should be an integral part of a country’s immunization programme.

  • Influenza prevention and control: This course focuses on tools that can be used to prevent and control influenza. These tools include: seasonal influenza vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

  • Recognizing and managing anaphylaxis: Anaphylaxis is a severe, immediate allergic reaction. Symptoms that can be life-threatening can occur within seconds to minutes, rarely hours, after contact with the allergenic substance including medicines and vaccines. This course provides practical guidance to frontline health care providers and also vaccinators with key information on its identification, differentiating it from other clinical conditions such as fainting and other stress-related responses. It also provides step-by-step guidance on the case management at the site of the event and the process of referral.

  • Flutool Plus - using the WHO Seasonal Influenza Immunisation Costing Tool: Flutool Plus is the WHO tool designed to help lower- and middle-income countries in the process of costing of seasonal influenza immunisation programmes. The aim of this course is to promote the dissemination and use of Flutool Plus. The course is meant for national programme managers, who are responsible for mobilizing resources to set up sustainable immunisation programmes for seasonal influenza.

  • Pandemic influenza vaccines: National deployment and vaccination plans: National deployment and vaccination plans for pandemic influenza vaccines are national tools which ensure that during a pandemic, processes and structures are functional so that vaccines are rapidly deployed and administered to target populations. The existence of a national deployment and vaccination plans for pandemic influenza vaccines is also a pre-requisite in the request process to access vaccines from WHO secured stockpiles. The learning package consists of 10 modules, which include video lectures and downloadable presentations that have been updated with the latest information and developments to help countries develop or revise their national deployment and vaccination plans.

Click here to access OpenWHO courses in additional languages, as well as courses addressing related public health topics, including introductory courses on 28 diseases.

Celebrating the English and Spanish languages


English and Spanish are the most popular languages for online learning on the OpenWHO platform, with 74% of enrolments in English language courses and 14% in Spanish language courses.

Join us in celebrating English Language Day and Spanish Language Day on 23 April by enrolling in one of our free multilingual courses for managing public health emergencies. Open to all, anytime, from anywhere.

联合国中文日 - Chinese Language Day


20 April is Chinese Language Day! OpenWHO.org hosts 13 free online courses in Chinese on key public health topics, including COVID-19 vaccination, hand hygiene, risk communication and more. These Chinese language courses have more than 112 000 enrolments and continue to grow.

Starting learning in Chinese on OpenWHO today!

World Health Day 2022: Our planet, our health


Each year on 7 April we celebrate World Health Day, marking the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.

In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, and increasing diseases like cancer, asthma and heart disease, WHO is focusing global attention this World Health Day 2022 on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.

Celebrate World Health Day by joining one of OpenWHO's 148 free online courses on key public health topics, including the COVID-19 pandemic and additional topics to contribute to a #HealthierTomorrow, from medical waste management to tobacco product regulation.

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


New courses and languages

New courses launched in March

We are pleased to announce the following courses that were recently made available:

  • COVID-19 respiratory equipment: This course teaches how to choose the right equipment for your facility, how to set up new respiratory equipment, how to clinically use respiratory equipment, how to maintain equipment, including troubleshooting, repairs and infection prevention and control, and how to decommission equipment.
  • Vaccine Safety Basics: The aim of this course is to provide healthcare professionals whose work involve vaccine safety issues, with essential knowledge about vaccines and their safety aspects.
  • Measles outbreak training: This course provides the essential preparedness, detection, investigation, response and recovery skills required to contain a measles outbreak.
  • Safety in administering medicines for neglected tropical diseases: This course provides practical tools, training modules and job aids to further improve the planning, preparation and monitoring of safe administration of NTD medicines.
  • Surgical site infections: This course will cover global surgical site infections (SSI) burden, risk factors and prevention measures you can take to reduce SSI.

Join OpenWHO in the fight against TB

Though TB is a preventable and curable disease, it remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers. Each day, over 4 100 people lose their lives to TB, and close to 28 000 people fall ill. Progress has been made globally. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has put these gains at risk.

Learn more on how to fight TB through the courses available on our End TB channel: 1) Tuberculosis preventive treatment; 2) Rapid diagnostics for tuberculosis detection; and 3) Drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment.

New translations

The following 17 translations have been launched this month:

Updates to course content:

The following course materials have been revised to reflect updates to the technical content and are now up to date:

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 44 courses on COVID-19 and 100 courses on other key health topics, spread across 64 languages. All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language. You can also access our catalogues which show all courses and languages available for COVID-19 and other health topics here.

#NoExcuse #StopSEAH webinar series on OpenWHO

WHO is committed to capacitating our workforce, partners and collaborators to prevent, protect from and respond effectively and quickly to any allegation of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH).

Visit our dedicated page on OpenWHO here which will be regularly updated with video resources addressing this topic. In the latest video that was added to the repository, you will hear from experts on the progress and challenges that humanitarian and emergency response agencies face in combatting SEAH.

Monthly newsletter

You can access the most recent newsletter here. The newsletter highlights are also available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

Marking World TB Day with online learning to End TB


Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the world’s top infectious killers. Urgent and intensified action is required by countries, partners and civil society to ramp up the TB response to save the lives of millions affected by TB each year.

The End TB Channel brings together courses designed to build strategic and operational knowledge. It provides critical training on essential skills to facilitate the implementation of WHO’s End TB Strategy based on sound ethics principles and due protection of human rights. Through this interactive platform, you will learn about the latest WHO TB guidelines on TB diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care, and what practical steps can be taken to ensure equitable access to quality and timely care for those most in need.

The channel currently hosts courses on tuberculosis preventive treatment, rapid diagnostics for tuberculosis detection and drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment. As new WHO guidelines and operational guidance become available, new resources will be added and existing courses updated to enhance learning.