As part of its mission to provide essential knowledge to emergency responders around the world, OpenWHO has developed a new series of courses supporting the work on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP).
Since OpenWHO’s launch last year, the Pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases course has proven extremely popular, with registration surpassing 3,600 participants from nearly 100 different countries. OpenWHO now also offers independent courses on specific diseases, including the different types of influenza threats:
- Avian and other zoonotic influenza: Introduction [EN] [FR],
- Pandemic influenza: Introduction [EN] [FR] and
- Seasonal influenza: Introduction [EN] [FR].
Recognizing the importance of surveillance and understanding the impacts of an influenza outbreak, OpenWHO has added new courses that provide responders and policy makers alike with helpful tools for developing strategies:
- Estimating the burden of seasonal influenza [EN],
- Influenza sentinel surveillance training [EN] and
- Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA) [EN].
Improving risk communication capacities at all levels is an essential aspect of preparing for the potential of an influenza pandemic. That is why OpenWHO has dedicated several courses to this cross-cutting discipline:
- Communication Essentials for Member States [EN],
- Public health interventions in pandemics and epidemics [EN],
- Risk communication essentials [EN] and
- Risk communication for influenza events [EN/FR/SP].
OpenWHO’s growing course catalog has helped make WHO guidance on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness more accessible and actionable.