New channel on 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.
The Chemical and Biological Deliberate Events (CBDE) channel hosts online training to provide basic knowledge for managing the consequences of a CBDE. A series of 3 courses is available:
You’re invited: Webinar introducing new EWARS-in-a-box online training course
On 12 December, please join WHO experts for a webinar introducing a new EWARS-in-a-box online training course on OpenWHO. During the session, you will hear about the importance of online training for emergency response, especially on early warning tools like EWARS in a box.
The free event will be held from 14:00 – 15:00 CET and is open to anyone interested.
Register for the webinar here.
New page with key learning resources for Pakistan floods emergency
OpenWHO launched a dedicated page with key learning resources for the Pakistan crisis. This page hosts a series of general courses on infectious diseases and emergency management that may be helpful in the context of a flood emergency. Some of the learning resources are also available in national languages such as Pashto and Urdu.
New courses and languages
We are pleased to announce the following courses that were also recently made available:
Introduction to Nipah virus disease: This course introduces Nipah virus disease and outlines the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, transmission routes and epidemiology of the disease. It also discusses prevention and control strategies.
For a healthier world: safely managed sanitation: This course, part of WHO’s efforts to support capacity building globally, unpacks the health rationale for safely managed sanitation (SMS) and how programming approaches need to adapt to improve health outcomes.
WHO Good Reliance Practices: The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to WHO Good Reliance Practices (GRelP) and to advocate for the use of reliance in the regulatory oversight of medical products.
Monitoring methodologies for diet-related regulatory interventions to support a healthy food environment: This course provides guidance on how to effectively develop, implement and improve methods and systems for monitoring and enforcing food industry compliance, with particular reference to three key types of food regulations: labelling, reformulation and regulations on marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children.
Measles and rubella outbreak preparedness and response in South East Asia Region: This course aims to support programme managers and outbreak response teams with outbreak preparedness, response and recovery in countries that have targeted measles and rubella elimination.
Antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention and control: In this course, you will learn about what antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is and how resistant infections occur, which pathogens cause the biggest problems globally and in the health care setting, the risk factors and causes of AMR and, most importantly, the role of IPC in reducing AMR.
Bloodstream infections: In this course, you will learn about case definitions of bloodstream infections (BSI) due to catheter use, their epidemiology and the risk factors for acquiring BSIs.
Outbreak Investigations in health facilities: In this course, you will learn how to identify a health care-associated infection (HAI) outbreak in your facility and what to do after a HAI outbreak is identified.
The following 13 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 a total of 190 courses spread across 65 languages. All courses can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language and topic. You can also access our catalogues which show all courses and languages available here.
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Another year of serving the world with free online learning for public health is coming to a close, and it would not have been possible without all of you. Thank you for being a part of the OpenWHO learning community. As we enter 2023, we will continue to work to provide you with the latest health knowledge to save lives, reduce disease transmission and protect the vulnerable.
Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy new year.