Professional profiles of OpenWHO’s 74 000 users confirm the platform’s popularity at the country-level, among United Nations country teams and Ministries of Health.
Since its inception, a core value of OpenWHO has been to provide timely, up-to-date and easy-to-understand lifesaving knowledge to healthcare workers based in-country and responding to outbreaks at the frontline. To assess their success at achieving this aim, the OpenWHO team recently launched an analysis into the most common professional profiles of users registered on the platform. The results highlighted the platform’s popularity among healthcare workers based at the country level, with significant numbers of users registering their professional affiliations as either ‘UN country team’ or ‘Health Ministry', with only the categories of ‘student’ and ‘other’ proving to be more popular among respondents.
The data also illustrated that, in addition to the popular categories of United Nations country teams and Health Ministries, the remaining users were associated with a wide range of professional bodies and occupations, both within public health and beyond, ranging from students and volunteers to WHO staff, to members of international organisations and NGOs. As such, the data suggests that OpenWHO has been successful in achieving yet another one of its aims, to make health-related technical knowledge more accessible to all, including the general public.
Delivering life-saving knowledge to those who need it most, anywhere in the world.
OpenWHO recently celebrated a significant milestone, surpassing 74 000 unique user registrations on the platform. While many of these users are based in the following five countries: the United States of America, India, Portugal, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, the platform's users come from over 190 countries, representing almost all of the world's nations.
More importantly, among the top 20 countries with the highest numbers of users registered on the platform, four are currently experiencing ongoing WHO-graded health emergencies, namely, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. With courses available on the platform in many languages (including the local languages of affected communities), the data on user location provides additional evidence that OpenWHO continues to successfully serve one of its core missions: to deliver lifesaving knowledge to those responding to health emergencies, no matter their location.
OpenWHO's contributions towards widening access to lifesaving information acknowledged by Imperial College Senior Fellow.
In Extending the Reach of Local Healthcare Initiatives with Massive Open Online Courses, published in the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL), author Dr Louise M. Blakemore of Imperial College London paid favourable notice to OpenWHO, commending the platform's "rapid translation" of resources into the languages required by healthcare professionals responding to health emergencies. Dr Blakemore specifically cited the availability of resources on the platform in Lingala, Congolese Swahili and Malagasy as evidence for OpenWHO's commitment to disseminating knowledge in the languages spoken by communities affected by particular outbreaks, and used her article to corroborate the critical importance of such resources.