Join our 12 June webinar to celebrate OpenWHO turning 7


This June we are celebrating the 7th anniversary of the OpenWHO platform, which WHO launched in 2017 anticipating the massive learning response that would be required in a pandemic.

To mark this milestone, the OpenWHO team is hosting a global webinar for a behind-the-scenes look at how just-in-time learning has been used to strengthen public health across the world.

Join us on Wednesday, 12 June, from 12:30 to 14:00 CEST, as we hear from WHO experts who developed popular OpenWHO courses about their approach to online learning and the impact of their work. The programme will explore course series on infection prevention and control, neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and COVID-19 vaccination, as well as learning tailored for the South-East Asia Region.

Register here for the webinar, which will be limited to the first 3000 people online.

Visit our anniversary page to explore our 7-year journey from a new platform to a global learning hub nearly 9 million enrolments strong.

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OpenWHO.org at 7 years: WHO’s global offering of online learning on public health and emergencies topics

Wednesday, 12 June 2024 | 12:30-14:00 CEST

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Learn in Russian on Russian Language Day


As we mark Russian Language Day on 6 June, OpenWHO invites you to join one of the 40 courses available in Russian on our learning platform.

We are proud to host online courses in the 6 official languages of the United Nations (UN) -- Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish -- which are recognized on dedicated UN language days to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. The language days also aim to promote equal use of the 6 official languages throughout the UN.

In total, OpenWHO hosts learning materials in 72 different languages, including the 20 most-spoken across the globe.

  • You can browse all OpenWHO courses by language here.
  • Learn more about Russian Language Day here.

Online learning for World No Tobacco Day


On 31 May, mark World Tobacco Day by joining our courses on tobacco product regulation in English, French or Russian:

Tobacco product regulation: Basic handbook

This online course covers the basics of tobacco product regulation. Although tobacco use is a major public health problem, tobacco products are one of the few openly available consumer products that are virtually unregulated in many countries for contents, emissions and design features. In recent years, health authorities have become increasingly interested in the potential of tobacco product regulation to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco use. However, barriers to implementing appropriate regulation include limited understanding of common approaches or best practices, and a lack of adequate resources and/or technical capacity.

In this three part series, you will first review the basics of tobacco product regulation and international guidance (Sections 1-2), steps to assessing regulatory needs and capacity and regulatory considerations (Sections 3-4), and finally, implementation and potential challenges, novel, new and modified tobacco or related products, and testing and disclosure (Sections 5-7).

Tobacco product regulation: Building laboratory testing capacity

This course provides practical, stepwise approaches to implementing tobacco testing to improve tobacco product regulation. Such guidance is relevant to a wide range of countries in various settings, even those with inadequate resources to establish a testing facility.

In this six-section course, you will review testing in the context of a country's regulatory authority, three possible routes to a testing laboratory, contracting with an external laboratory, using an existing internal testing laboratory, developing a tobacco-exclusive testing laboratory, and WHO TobLabNet Membership (criteria, advantages and procedures).

You can learn more about World No Tobacco Day 2024 here.

Webinar invitation and new courses on OpenWHO


You’re invited: 12 June webinar to celebrate 7 years of OpenWHO

This June we are celebrating the 7th anniversary of the OpenWHO platform, which WHO launched in 2017 anticipating the massive learning response that would be required in a pandemic.

To mark this milestone, the OpenWHO team is hosting a global webinar for a behind-the-scenes look at how just-in-time learning has been used to strengthen public health across the world.

Join us on Wednesday, 12 June, from 12:30 to 14:00 CEST, as we hear from WHO experts who developed popular OpenWHO courses about their approach to online learning and the impact of their work. The programme will explore course series on infection prevention and control, neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and COVID-19 vaccination, as well as learning tailored for the South-East Asia Region.

Register here for the webinar, which will be limited to the first 500 people online. You can learn more about OpenWHO’s 7th anniversary here.

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

Joint External Evaluation: Introduction: This course aims to provide the learners, country teams, external experts and technical writers with an understanding of the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) process, its objectives, principles and methods. The course will also demonstrate how the JEE results can inform the strengthening of health security capacities and the development and implementation of the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS).

Joint External Evaluation for Subject Matter Experts: This course aims to provide JEE subject matter experts (JEE SMEs) with an understanding of the JEE process, its objectives, principles and methods. The course provides an in-depth focus on the role of JEE SMEs in conducting an effective evaluation and writing technical area reports.

Joint External Evaluation for Technical Writers: This course aims to provide technical writers with an understanding of the JEE process, its objectives, principles and the importance of coming up with a JEE report that reflects the results of the evaluation.

The Role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians in Strengthening Health Security Preparedness: This course delineates the role of parliaments in fortifying health emergency preparedness and health security.

Preventing and responding to sexual misconduct by our implementing partners: Introductory course: This course explains the importance and the tools available to work with our implementing partners to assess and strengthen their capacity to respond to sexual misconduct.

WHO Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health, 2023: This course consists of video recordings from the 2023 Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health, which focuses on addressing the social determinants of health among refugees and migrants.

Management of tuberculosis in children and adolescents – programmatic considerations: The course focuses on interventions and programmatic implementation considerations along the cascade of tuberculosis (TB) care and prevention for children and adolescents.

Social protection for people affected by tuberculosis: an introduction: This course introduces the concept of social protection, its role in ending the TB epidemic, the different forms of social protection, and the evidence for the impact on TB.

Microplanning to guide implementation of preventive chemotherapy to control and eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): This course aims to help the NTD programme in the training of supervisors and all individuals who are responsible for oversight of preventive chemotherapy against NTD in planning at the lowest level.

How to develop and sustain healthy cities in 20 steps: This course, which is based on the 2022 guide, accumulates the knowledge and experiences of pioneering cities and experienced coordinators within the Healthy Cities Network.

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has a total of 280 courses with learning resources spread across 72 languages. All courses can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language and topic.

Avian and other zoonotic influenza introductory course: Content updated

The content of this course has been updated in light of the most recent WHO, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) recommendations and guidelines on animal influenza, that might be relevant to a country experiencing outbreaks of influenza in animals or facing suspected cases of human infections with zoonotic influenza viruses.

The course is now offering a certificate of achievement to participants who score at least 80% in the graded assessment.

New country channel: Afghanistan

The Serving Countries portal offers learning resources to support a country's response to health threats.

In collaboration with the Afghanistan Country Office, resources based on WHO scientific guidance are now available on the Afghanistan country channel in the country’s official languages – Dari and Pashto – to empower frontline health workers, policy-makers and the public.

Browse our flipbook: WHO stories of health emergencies learning

OpenWHO is proud to share our new online flipbook which showcases WHO’s learning response to health emergencies over the last 3 years.

The flipbook features stories published in WHO operational updates from April 2021 to March 2024, focusing on the impact of the OpenWHO.org learning platform at the global, regional, country and local levels. It serves as a record of WHO's health emergencies learning response during and after the COVID-19 emergency.

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Courses available in Dari and Pashto on Afghanistan learning channel


In collaboration with the WHO Afghanistan Country Office, OpenWHO has launched an Afghanistan learning channel that hosts courses in the country's official languages, Dari and Pashto. The channel features new translations of courses on cholera outbreaks and dengue. You can browse the courses here.

This is the 17th country-specific channel to launch in OpenWHO's Serving Countries portal, which was established during the COVID-19 emergency to support country responses to health threats. Each channel hosts learning resources based on WHO scientific guidance in the country's official language(s) to empower frontline health workers, policy-makers and the public.

Learn how to leverage parliamentary functions to keep people safer in health emergencies


Parliaments and parliamentarians play a unique and powerful role in achieving health security preparedness through their various responsibilities: law-making, oversight, budgetary allocation, and citizen representation.

High-level reviews of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of state capacity, social trust, and leadership when it comes to health emergency preparedness. Parliaments and parliamentarians are extremely well positioned to support, build, and strengthen these three aspects.

OpenWHO has launched a new 1.5-hour course that delineates the role of parliaments in fortifying health emergency preparedness and health security.

The International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) are legally binding for all countries, mandating the establishment and maintenance of core capacities for surveillance and response to public health risks and emergencies. These regulations aim to prevent, protect against, control, and respond to the international spread of disease in ways that align with public health risks, while minimizing interference with international traffic and trade.

As outlined in the 2021 WHA 73.8 Resolution on Strengthening Preparedness for Health Emergencies: Implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), WHO Member States have acknowledged the fundamental role of parliaments in enhancing capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to public health risks, as well as in promoting and adopting the IHR (2005). Furthermore, they have emphasized the importance of parliaments in facilitating all-inclusive multisectoral coordination for health emergency preparedness.

Effective response to health emergencies necessitates thorough multisectoral preparedness coordination. Parliaments and parliamentarians are pivotal in this regard. This course provides participants with an in-depth understanding of how parliamentarians can utilize their diverse roles and positions to advocate, lead, and prioritize improved emergency preparedness and health security.

Leveraging parliamentary functions such as law-making, oversight, accountability, and budgetary approval, alongside individual opportunities as representatives and community leaders, is essential to ensuring that emergency preparedness remains a priority and that the devastating impact of COVID-19 and other health emergencies is mitigated. Participants will receive practical suggestions, actionable recommendations, and additional resources for parliamentary engagement to bolster health emergency preparedness.

A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available on the quiz. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course.

This e-learning course is developed by the Multisectoral Engagement for Health Security (MHS) Unit of the Health Security Preparedness (HSP) Department of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Access the course here.

Browse our flipbook: WHO stories of health emergencies learning


OpenWHO is proud to share our new online flipbook which showcases WHO’s learning response to health emergencies over the last 3 years.

The flipbook features stories published in WHO operational updates from April 2021 to March 2024, focusing on the impact of the OpenWHO.org learning platform at the global, regional, country and local levels. It serves as a record of WHO's health emergencies learning response during and after the COVID-19 emergency.

"We hope the next pandemic is far away, but no matter what, we must be ready. In this context, this publication sheds light on the need to work together to share knowledge and enhance just-in-time learning to make a difference in the health crises of the future," Dr Michael J. Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) and Deputy Director-General, writes in the Foreword.

"The articles published in the operational updates of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme document the evolving and complex nature of health emergencies, the continuous learning and adaptation required by the workforce, and the collaborative efforts of technical teams across the organization to address these challenges. These updates provide an overview of the work done and the achievements made in the context of capacity building for health emergency preparedness and response," adds Heini Utunen, Head of the WHE Learning and Capacity Development Unit.

The OpenWHO team is especially grateful to the WHO technical experts who produced online courses, the Acute Event Management Unit and the operational update team for making the publication of these articles possible.

You can browse the updates by publication date here. Click the 3 dots in the bottom-right corner to view the flipbook in full screen.

Just launched: Joint External Evaluation course for technical writers


The third course in the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) learning series is now available, providing specialized learning for technical writers. A JEE is a voluntary process in which a team of national and international experts jointly assess a country's capacity under the International Health Regulations (IHR).

The 1-hour course aims to provide technical writers with an understanding of the JEE process, its objectives, principles, and the importance of coming up with a JEE report that reflects the results of the evaluation. A Certificate of Achievement and digital badge will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment.

The other 2 courses in the JEE series were launched last month: an introductory course and a course for subject matter experts.

A JEE contributes to the monitoring and evaluation of core capacities under the IHR. It is a key component under the IHR Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. A self-evaluation by the country is followed by an assessment by an independent JEE team. The assessment is done using a standardized tool that assesses 19 technical areas across 4 domains: prevent, detect, respond, and other hazards and points of entry.

The JEE final report is a complex and comprehensive document that requires a high level of technical writing skills, as well as coordination and collaboration among the JEE team members and the report writer. The report writer plays a key role in the JEE process and is responsible for compiling, synthesising and editing the content of the report, as well as drafting the executive summary and supporting the debriefing presentation. The report writer should have a clear understanding of the JEE methodology, the draft terms of reference for the report writer's role, and the expectations and timelines for the report writing process.

Read more about the JEE course series here.

Why is sharing knowledge about hand hygiene still so important?


Because it helps stop the spread of harmful germs in health care.

Observe World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May by enrolling in our Standard precautions: Hand hygiene course, which is available in 18 diverse languages. The 1-hour course summarizes the WHO guidelines on hand hygiene, associated tools and ideas for effective implementation, with the opportunity to earn a certificate and digital badge.

The hands of health care workers play a critical role in keeping patients safe. If health workers do not clean their hands at the right moments, using the proper methods, they can transmit infection-causing microorganisms through their hands from one patient to another. Performing hand hygiene at key moments is an important health care intervention.

Share the free course with your networks to help spread the word!

You can learn more about World Hand Hygiene Day 2024 here.

Join our malaria elimination course on World Malaria Day


On 25 April, celebrate World Malaria Day by enrolling in our self-paced course on malaria elimination in Arabic, English, French or Spanish.

All malaria programmes at national or subnational level need to be oriented to the activities and dynamic strategies required to achieve interruption of transmission, prevent re-establishment and achieve WHO certification. The curriculum covers all relevant technical areas, including but not limited to malaria parasite biology, immunology and epidemiology; surveillance and response; case management; vector control and entomological surveillance; acceleration strategies; stratification to tailor interventions; and management and planning of an elimination programme.

The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a programme for malaria elimination and prevention of re-establishment of transmission. The training curriculum is designed for health professionals responsible for planning, managing, implementing or evaluating malaria programmes or malaria elimination programmes.

A Confirmation of Participation is available to participants who complete 100% of the course material. Join the course today.

Celebrating World Immunization Week


This year's theme of World Immunization Week, observed from 24 to 30 April, is Humanly Possible: Saving lives through immunization. It will celebrate 50 years of the Expanded Programme on Immunization – recognizing our collective efforts to save and improve countless lives from vaccine-preventable diseases and calling on countries to ramp up investments in immunization programmes to protect the next generations. 

OpenWHO is proud to offer a variety of courses related to immunization, which you can browse here. The most recent addition focuses on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination module of the WHO Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Costing tool, which was developed to assist low- and middle-income countries in planning and costing cervical cancer control strategies.

You can learn more about World Immunization Week here.

Learn in Chinese, English and Spanish: Marking April UN language days


Learning is easier in your own language, which is why OpenWHO is proud to provide online public health courses in 72 languages and counting.

That includes courses in the 6 official languages of the United Nations (UN) -- Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish -- which are recognized on dedicated UN language days to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. The language days also aim to promote equal use of the 6 official languages throughout the UN.

Three of the UN languages are celebrated in April: Chinese, English and French.

  • Chinese Language Day is 20 April. You can access OpenWHO courses in Chinese here and learn more about Chinese Language Day here.

  • English Language Day is 23 April. You can access OpenWHO courses in English here and learn more about English Language Day here.

  • Spanish Language Day is 23 April. You can access OpenWHO courses in Spanish here and learn more about Spanish Language Day here.

2 new courses to strengthen health systems: Learn about Joint External Evaluation


OpenWHO is pleased to offer 2 new courses addressing Joint External Evaluation (JEE): an introductory course and a course for subject matter experts. A JEE is a voluntary process in which a team of national and international experts jointly assess country capacity under the International Health Regulations (IHR).

A JEE contributes to the monitoring and evaluation of core capacities under the IHR and is a key component under the IHR Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. A self-evaluation by the country is followed by an assessment by an independent JEE team. The assessment is done using a standardized tool that assesses 19 technical areas across 4 domains: prevent, detect, respond, and other hazards and points of entry.

The JEE training programme comprises various courses designed to equip JEE stakeholders with essential information. The country team plays a pivotal role in coordinating the JEE process and assessing the nation's preparedness capacities. Working alongside the country, the external evaluation team, consisting of JEE team leadership, technical area leads and technical writers, collaborates closely to identify priority actions. These actions aim to streamline the formulation of the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS), ensuring comprehensive development and implementation strategies.

  • The 2-hour introductory course aims to provide the learners, country teams, external experts and technical writers with an understanding of the JEE process, its objectives, principles and methods. The course will also demonstrate how the JEE results can inform the strengthening of health security capacities and the development and implementation of the NAPHS.

  • The second course, for which the introductory training is a prerequisite, aims to provide JEE subject matter experts (JEE SMEs) with an understanding of the JEE process, its objectives, principles and methods. This 1-hour course provides an in-depth focus on the role of JEE SMEs in conducting an effective evaluation and writing technical area reports.

  • A third JEE course for technical writers will be released soon.

A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessments of the courses.

Sign up today and be part of the critical mission to strengthen health systems worldwide.

My health, my right: Celebrating World Health Day 2024


Everyone, everywhere has the right to access quality health information.

On OpenWHO.org, you can join free online courses on more than 260 public health topics across 25 learning channels. Courses are available in 72 different languages.

As we celebrate World Health Day on 7 April, exercise your right to health knowledge on OpenWHO!

Learn more about World Health Day and this year's theme 'My health, my right' here.

New courses on OpenWHO


New course on Health Emergency Readiness for Response Operations

Developed by WHO professionals in the field, this comprehensive course equips government officials and technical experts with the knowledge needed to effectively manage health emergencies. The course provides essential insights and practical tools to enhance your readiness and response capabilities.

Unlock your potential in crisis response and enrol in the Health Emergency Readiness for Response Operations course!

Groundbreaking course on Sex and Gender in Infectious Disease Programmes

This course aims to enhance public health professionals' understanding of infectious disease programmes, health emergency response and health inequalities. It will strengthen competence in dealing with gender perspectives in public health programmes, particularly in health emergency settings. The course also aims to contribute to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PRSEAH). You will learn how sex and gender interact with infectious disease outbreaks and how to apply the gender analysis matrix and other tools.

Enrol today and earn your certificate if you score at least 75% of the total points on the course assessment.

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

Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for Public Health Practitioners in Ukraine: This course teaches the basics on preventing and responding to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PRSEAH) including the 6 core principles, accountability frameworks and how to support a survivor/victim in the Ukraine emergency operation. The course is available in English and Ukrainian.

Mainstreaming of Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion in WASH in Health-Care Facilities: This 2-hour course aligns with the updated WHO guidance for improving quality of care through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities and the 8 practical steps to facilitate universal access to quality care.

Oral Health Care of Pregnant Women and Newborns: This online course is intended to build the capacity of primary care teams providing antenatal and postnatal care to improve the oral health of pregnant mothers and their newborns.

Use of Fluoride Varnish to Prevent Dental Caries: This online course is designed to enhance the knowledge of the oral and dental care providers of various types of fluorides and their uses, and to build their skills on a simple application technique of a fluoride varnish to prevent dental caries.

Monitoring and Evaluation of National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance: The aim of this course is to provide guidance for countries on the monitoring and evaluation of national action plans on antimicrobial resistance (AMR NAPs).

Global Benchmarking Tool for Assessors: This course is meant to enhance the quality of benchmarking outputs by providing the basis of harmonizing approaches among assessors using the Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) to benchmark regulatory authorities.

Sporotrichosis: Training for National and District-level Health Workers: This course is intended to provide basic information for front-line health workers to recognize and treat sporotrichosis. The course will also present notes from the field to demonstrate how this fungal disease is managed in different parts of the world.

Learning to Deliver Training in IPC and Environmental Cleaning for Health Care Facilities in Low-and Middle-income Countries: This course aims to train cleaning staff in healthcare facilities by guiding individuals who will serve as 'trainers of trainers', focusing on implementing the WHO training package on environmental cleaning and infection prevention and control (IPC) in healthcare facilities in low-and-middle-income countries.

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has a total of 264 courses with learning resources spread across 72 languages. All courses can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language and topic.

Visit our End TB learning channel for World Tuberculosis Day

As we marked World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24 March, we invite you to celebrate the 2024 theme ‘Yes! We can end TB!’ by participating in critical training on OpenWHO's End TB learning channel. The channel brings together courses designed to build strategic and operational knowledge, currently hosting nine different topics. 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.

Visit the End TB channel today.

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Online learning for World Water Day: Spotlight on courses developed by WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia


On 22 March, observe World Water Day by enrolling in two free online courses developed by the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia:

Water safety planning for urban water supply systems: an introduction

Water safety planning is a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that encompasses all steps in a drinking-water supply chain, from catchment to consumer. Water safety planning is recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure drinking-water safety and can help water suppliers achieve drinking-water quality targets.

This 2-hour course outlines the principles and steps of the water safety planning approach and presents the success factors that underpin effective and sustainable implementation. It also highlights how water safety planning can strengthen resilience to climate threats.

A certificate and digital badge are available.

Mainstreaming of gender equality, disability and social inclusion in WASH in health-care facilities

Health is a human right. Inaccessible and low-quality water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services hinder the realization of this right for millions across the globe. This is especially true for women and girls, persons with disability, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups. WASH barriers have a significant impact on quality of care in health-care facilities.

This 2-hour course aligns with the updated Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool (WASH FIT) and 8 practical steps to facilitate universal access to quality care.

A certificate and digital badge are available.

Learn more about World Water Day here.

‘Yes! We can end TB!’: Visit our End TB learning channel on World Tuberculosis Day


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.

As we mark World TB Day on 24 March, we invite you to celebrate the 2024 theme ‘Yes! We can end TB!’ by participating in critical training on OpenWHO's End TB learning channel. The channel brings together courses designed to build strategic and operational knowledge, currently hosting nine different topics. 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. As new WHO guidelines and operational guidance become available, new resources will be added and existing courses updated to enhance learning.

Visit the End TB channel today.

400 community health workers in Kenya graduate from oral health course pilot on World Oral Health Day


In collaboration with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, funded by the Borrow Foundation and Hilfsaktion Noma e.V, the WHO Regional Office for Africa launched an Oral Health Training Course for Community Health Workers in Africa on OpenWHO in July 2023. This course consists of five modules for community health workers on oral health promotion, oral disease prevention and control to meet some of the unmet demand for oral health services in Africa. As community health workers, these modules can be utilized for self-learning, but it is recommended to use the course with a designated trainer. As of 16 March 2024, more than 5800 people had enrolled in the course.

In collaboration with the University of Nairobi, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the WHO Regional Office for Africa and WHO Kenya, financially supported by Hilfsaktion Noma e.V., the Ministry of Health in Kenya (MoH Kenya) is piloting this course. This includes training 750 community health workers, 59 community health assistants (supervisors of community health workers) and 35 designated trainers (community oral health workers) from four counties in Kenya, namely Kiambu, Nairobi, Kakamega and Tharaka - Nithi, and identifying the facilitators and barriers to implementing the course.

For this implementation, MoH Kenya has started enhancing collaboration with Safaricom (a local telecommunications company) to exempt the internet cost for community health workers to have access to this course, and the Kenya Dental Association, which would conduct the joint training in Kiambu county, through financial support by the World Dental Federation (FDI). Additionally, MoH Kenya intends to integrate the oral health module into the national community health workers’ curriculum. All activities are linked with implementing the Kenyan oral health strategic plan in line with the WHO global and regional strategies on oral health.

On 20 March 2024, commemorating World Oral Health Day, MoH Kenya organized the graduation ceremony for 400 community health workers from Kiambu county who had completed the course, including the summative assessment by the designated trainers.

Join one of our 93 courses in French! / Rejoignez l'un de nos 93 cours en français !


Fêtez la Journée de la langue française le 20 mars en explorant nos 93 cours en français sur OpenWHO ! Une occasion parfaite pour approfondir vos compétences dans le domaine de la santé publique tout en célébrant la richesse de la langue française. Accédez aux cours en français ici.

Celebrate French Language Day on March 20 by exploring our 93 French courses on OpenWHO! A perfect opportunity to deepen your public health skills while celebrating the richness of the French language. Access courses in French here.

Celebrate World Oral Health Day by enrolling in key courses from WHO regions


As we mark World Oral Health Day on 20 March, we are proud to host 5 free online courses to strengthen oral health developed by WHO regions, including 2 new courses developed by the South-East Asian Region. Join the 2 new courses and the thousands of learners who have already enrolled in courses developed by the African and Eastern Mediterranean regions:

NEW: Oral health care of pregnant women and newborns

Educating the health care professionals who work closely with women during pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and post-pregnancy can play a crucial role in promoting oral dental care of pregnant women and their newborns.

This online course is intended to build the capacity of primary care teams providing antenatal and postnatal care to improve oral health of pregnant mothers and their newborns.

A certificate and digital badge will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment.

NEW: Use of fluoride varnish to prevent dental caries

Fluoride varnish is one of the most widely used forms of professionally applied fluorides. It’s easy to use, effective and widely recommended for use in children and even in infants to prevent caries development. It also helps in the remineralization of early carious lesions.

This online course is designed to enhance the knowledge of the oral and dental care providers of various types of fluorides and their uses, and to build their skills on a simple application technique of a fluoride varnish to prevent dental caries.

A certificate and digital badge will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment.

Noma: Training of health workers at national and district levels on skin-Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Noma 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. It addresses epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment and public health considerations, including the human rights perspective of noma.

A certificate and digital badge will be available to participants who score at least 80% in the final assessment.

Oral health training course for community health workers in Africa

This introductory course aims to build the capacity of community health workers on oral health promotion, oral disease prevention and control, to meet some of the unmet demand for oral health services and strengthen the oral health system through a cross-cutting approach in the context of Universal Health Coverage.

This course consists of a competency-based training module for community health workers in line with “Promoting Oral Health in Africa” and “Mobile technologies for oral health: an implementation guide”, and teaching support materials for the designated trainers who will introduce the competency-based modules to community health workers.

A certificate and digital badge will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in all graded assessments.

"We equally commend the work of the over 4,400 health professionals and community actors in 11 noma priority countries that leveraged the WHO noma online course to enhance their capacities for the promotion of oral health, detection, and control of early stages of noma and referring same in 2023," said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, in a 2024 World Oral Health Day message. "We applaud the resilience of the over 5,800 healthcare and non-healthcare workers, as of 29 February 2024, who embraced the online course on oral health for community health workers."

Promoting oral health in primary health care settings

Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. But it ‎has been a neglected component of the public health agenda in several countries, ‎including those in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), increasing the ‎disease burden.

This course aims to ‎improve the oral health prevention and control skills of primary-level healthcare and ‎other professionals; enable the community to exercise more control over the ‎factors that affect their oral health status; and provide the community an opportunity ‎to actively participate in making decisions to improve their oral health and ‎well-being. The learning package consists of 7 modules divided into 2 parts (basic and advanced), and includes video lectures and downloadable presentations.

A Confirmation of Participation is available to participants who complete 100% of the course material.

Webinar series: Planning for Sustainable Financing for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, Readiness and Resilience


WHO Community of Planners

PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABLE FINANCING for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, Readiness and Resilience: a 7-part webinar series for the Pandemic Fund Second Call for Proposals.

Begins March 19

Registration ongoing until 18 April

This webinar series is open to WHO Member States.

Webinar schedule:

Webinars will be held at 12-13:30 CET.

To register, please click on each of the webinar titles above.

Share your questions for the speakers ahead of the series here.

For all other questions, please contact whespp@who.int.

New course on Mainstreaming of Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion in WASH in Health-Care Facilities


Access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental right. Inaccessible and low-quality WASH services hinder the realization of this right for millions across the globe. This is especially true for women and girls, persons with disability, ethnic minorities, and other marginalized groups. Ensuring that WASH programs are inclusive and equitable is more important than ever.

The new OpenWHO course on Mainstreaming of Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion in WASH in Health-Care Facilities dives deep into the critical intersection of gender equality, disability rights, and social inclusion within the context of WASH in health-care settings.

This self-paced course targets WASH sector actors, health facility managers and health professionals, community leaders and organizations that represent excluded and marginalized groups.

A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points in the final assessment.

Enroll now and be a part of this transformative journey!

Just launched: Groundbreaking course on sex and gender in infectious disease programmes


Join us on a revolutionary learning journey: OpenWHO is proud to unveil our new course on Taking Sex and Gender into Account in Infectious Disease Programmes.

This course aims to enhance public health professionals' understanding of infectious disease programmes, health emergency response and health inequalities. It will strengthen competence in dealing with gender perspectives in public health programmes, particularly in health emergency settings.

The course also aims to contribute to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PRSEAH). You will learn how sex and gender interact with infectious disease outbreaks and how to apply the gender analysis matrix and other tools.

If you score at least 75% of the total points on the course assessments, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Case studies and exercises are included so you can apply course concepts to real-world scenarios. Enrol today!

New OpenWHO course on Health Emergency Readiness for Response Operations


Unlock your potential in crisis response with our new course on Health Emergency Readiness for Response Operations!

Developed by WHO professionals in the field, this comprehensive course equips government officials and technical experts with the knowledge needed to effectively manage health emergencies. The course provides essential insights and practical tools to enhance your readiness and response capabilities.

In less than 2 weeks, this course has amassed 1730 participants, and awarded 569 certificates so far. There are hundred and more learners joining every day. It’s now your turn to take the first step towards becoming a proficient leader in emergency operations by enrolling now at https://openwho.org/courses/health-emergency-readiness-ops

OpenWHO is celebrating International Mother Language Day with courses offered in 72 languages


On this International Mother Language Day, we recognize the profound importance of language diversity and comprehension. That's why we're committed to promoting linguistic inclusion by offering courses in 72 languages. By providing accessible learning opportunities, we strive to ensure learning about public health and health emergencies is accessible, including in languages.

Explore our courses on OpenWHO here.

WHO launches an online course in English and Ukrainian on preventing and responding to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment


On 17 January, WHO launched an online course focused on preventing and responding to sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (PRSEAH). The course, available in Ukrainian and English, is designed to educate public health workers in Ukraine on PRSEAH fundamentals.

To date, over 800 learners have enrolled in the English version of the course, of whom almost 50% are aged 20–29 years, with the second-highest enrolment (24%) observed among learners aged 30–39 years. Thirty-two per cent of the enrollees consider themselves to be students, followed by health professionals at 22%. The Ukrainian version, facilitated by the WHO Country Office in Ukraine, has drawn almost 100 learners, of whom 33% reside in Ukraine.

Designed to be completed in about one hour, the course is open to all and particularly supports public health professionals in Ukraine by highlighting the global issue of sexual exploitation and abuse. Participants who score at least 80% on the final assessment will receive a Certificate of Achievement and an Open Badge. This effort underscores WHO's dedication to PRSEAH education and support for survivors, aiming to ensure accountability and cooperation within the United Nations and among its partners in Ukraine.

To access the English-language course, please visit https://openwho.org/courses/prseah-Ukraine. To access the Ukrainian-language course, please visit https://openwho.org/courses/prseah-Ukraine-uk

Empowering Communities, Eradicating Neglected Tropical Diseases: Together on NTD Day!


The World Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Day marks a pivotal moment in global health, with over a billion individuals affected by NTDs. This day serves as a powerful catalyst, rallying communities, policymakers, and health professionals to address and eradicate these diseases. WHO NTD experts have produced soon 30 courses on OpenWHO to enhance understanding, foster prevention strategies, and cultivate the skills needed to combat NTDs. Learn more about NTDs here.

Join us to beat leprosy: Let's raise awareness and end stigma!


Today, on World Leprosy Day, we celebrate the remarkable progress in treating and curing leprosy, the power of medical advancements and global cooperation. OpenWHO's course addresses the epidemiology of leprosy, how to suspect and refer, topics of diagnosis and treatment, lepra reactions, prevention of disabilities and public health interventions. Learn more on leprosy here.

Happy International Day of Education!


On this International Day of Education, we recognize the profound role that learning and education play in safeguarding our world from public health emergencies. Education acts as a cornerstone in building resilient societies equipped to face health crises with knowledge, preparedness, and unity. It is through informed learning that individuals across the globe can understand and implement best practices in health, ensuring a collective response to emergencies that is both effective and inclusive. By prioritizing access to quality education for all, we are not just enriching minds; we are actively contributing to a robust global defense against public health threats, ensuring a safer and healthier future for everyone.

Access WHO's guidance-based knowledge here.

Building a Safer Tomorrow: Commemorating the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness


On 27 December, we celebrate the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness.

The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the need to equip the world and ensure that we are all ready to take on the health challenges to come. We must heed the lessons learnt from the recent pandemic and invest in epidemic preparedness, prevention and response to save the world from the scourge of epidemics.

Access the OpenWHO courses on pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases to improve response capabilities here.

Celebration of World Arabic Language Day 2023


Celebrate Arabic Language Day with OpenWHO! From public health essentials to crisis response, OpenWHO offers valuable knowledge in your native language, empowering you to make a difference in your community. Join us in commemorating the beauty and significance of the Arabic language while enhancing your skills in the vital field of public health. Visit OpenWHO today and embark on a learning journey that transcends borders. Happy Arabic Language Day!

Browse through our courses in Arabic here.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Celebration with OpenWHO Courses


As we commemorate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day on 12 December, it's crucial to reflect on the vision of a world where everyone, regardless of their socio-economic background, has access to quality healthcare without facing financial hardship. This UHC day, join the movement towards achieving health for all by delving into the specialized UHC courses offered on OpenWHO. These courses, available in the dedicated UHC channel, provide a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices essential for building robust health systems.

From exploring the fundamentals of UHC, to gaining insights into policy development, these OpenWHO courses empower learners with the knowledge needed to contribute meaningfully to the global pursuit of equitable health coverage. By participating in these courses, individuals become advocates for change, equipped to drive conversations and initiatives that promote inclusive health practices. Let's celebrate UHC Day by taking a collective step towards a healthier and more equitable world through education and informed action. Access the courses on OpenWHO and be a part of the movement for Universal Health Coverage! Access the Universal Health Coverage channel on OpenWHO here.

New courses on OpenWHO this month


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

WHO/ICRC Basic Emergency Care: Conflict-Related Injuries: The modules in this course are designed to support first contact providers working in conflict settings, or those who may need to manage conflict injuries. It covers conflict trauma resulting from blast, penetrating, and burn injuries.

Response Preparedness for Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks Using a One-Health Approach: This online course introduces the concepts of the coordinated response to manage zoonotic disease outbreaks between sectors for animal health, public health, and the environment as well as other relevant stakeholders. In addition, it fosters understanding of the diverse perspectives of different stakeholders during an outbreak response.

Introduction to Dengue: This short course introduces dengue, providing an overview of the causative organism, vector, transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the disease.

Next Generation Sequencing for Influenza and SARS-CoV-2: From Sample Collection to Analysis: This online training explains the end-to-end workflow of NGS (Next Generation Sequencing), from sample preparation to the upload of genomic sequencing data to public-domain or public-access databases.

WHO Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health: The course consists of video recordings from the 2022 School, which focus on promoting capacity-building for improving refugee and migrant health.

Whole-of-Society Approach to Creating Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Cities: Harnessing South-South Cooperation for a Post-COVID Era: The course emphasizes a whole-of-society approach to managing complex risk and creating healthy, sustainable, and resilient cities with practical examples and useful tools.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for the Prevention and Care of Neglected Tropical Diseases: This course is specifically designed for governments, development agencies, civil society partners, and others working with them. It aims to help establish or strengthen collaboration between WASH and NTD actors.

Water Safety Planning for Urban Water Supply Systems: An Introduction: This course outlines the principles and steps of the water safety planning approach and presents the success factors that underpin effective and sustainable implementation. It also highlights how water safety planning can strengthen resilience to climate threats.

Superficial Fungal Infections: Training of Health Workers at National and District Levels on Skin-NTDs: This course explores the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of the most common superficial fungal infections globally.

Global Nutrition Targets Tracking Tool: This course is relevant to stakeholders who are keen to track nutrition progress around the world or interested in leveraging data to accelerate progress to improve nutrition outcomes among populations.

Chromoblastomycosis: Training for National and District-Level Health Workers: The aim of this course is to provide basic information for front-line health workers to recognize and treat chromoblastomycosis.

Managing Conflict of Interest in National Pharmaceutical Systems: This online training aims at supporting countries with practical guidance on preventing and managing conflicts of interest in public pharmaceutical systems.

Medical Equipment Electrical Safety Testing: This course provides methods for evaluating the electrical safety of medical equipment at a medical facility and actions to take following the evaluation.

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has a total of 254 courses with learning resources spread across 72 languages. All courses can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language and topic.

New training offerings on the End TB channel

The End TB channel includes courses that provide 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.

Two new courses were recently added to the channel:

Management of Tuberculosis in Children and Adolescents for Healthcare Workers

Tuberculosis and Mental Health

New course series on Noncommunicable Diseases for WHO Southeast Asia Regional Office

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) impose a major and growing burden on health and development in the South-East Asia Region. In the region, 62% of all deaths are due to NCDs, accounting for 9 million persons every year.

A series of four courses recently became available and focus on several NCD related topics of relevance to the Region. For a better learning experience, we recommend accessing the courses in the order listed below:

Course 1: HEARTS of NCD: An Integrated Approach to Management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) in Primary Health Care

Course 2: Interventions for Noncommunicable Diseases in Primary Health Care

Course 3: Prevention and Management of Diabetic Foot Problems

Course 4: Palliative Care: Models of Service Delivery and Symptom Management

Monthly newsletter

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As we approach the end of another impactful year, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all members of our community for their unwavering commitment to learning, collaboration, and global health improvement through OpenWHO. In 2023, we've witnessed remarkable strides in our collective mission to provide accessible, high-quality learning resources in response to health emergencies and beyond, and we will continue our work and efforts in 2024 to share the latest health knowledge to save lives, reduce disease transmission, and protect the vulnerable.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

Let communities lead - World AIDS Day 2023


Let’s celebrate World AIDS Day together on 1 December!

WHO published the Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Prevention, Testing, Treatment, Service Delivery and Monitoring which compile broader guidance including the Service Delivery and differentiated service delivery (DSD) for HIV treatment updates.

The OpenWHO course builds on the latest WHO 2021 service delivery and differentiated service delivery for HIV treatment recommendations, and promotes increased knowledge on the newest WHO HIV guidance to ensure all people living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment can access person-centered and high-quality HIV services. Organizations representing communities living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV are pivotal in driving progress in the HIV response, create demand for person-centered services, foster trust, encourage innovation, monitor the implementation of policies and quality services, and hold providers accountable.

Access the OpenWHO course on HIV service delivery and differentiated service delivery for HIV treatment here.

New course on Basic Emergency Care for Conflict-Related Injuries


A systematic approach to emergency conditions saves lives, even when specialized care is not available. To this end, the WHO, in collaboration with the ICRC and IFEM, developed an online course on Basic Emergency Care: Conflict-Related Injuries. This course includes extended modules covering conflict trauma resulting from blast, penetrating and burn injuries. The modules are designed to support first contact providers working in conflict settings, or those who may need to manage conflict injuries.

This course is an extension of the Basic Emergency Care: approach to the acutely ill and injured course for first contact providers who manage acute life-threatening conditions with limited resources, which was launched earlier this year on the OpenWHO platform. Participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the assessments and earn a Digital Badge that can be shared through social media.

25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The world is experiencing some of the most prolonged and intense conflicts, increasing risk of violence for millions of women and girls. Healthcare for gender-based violence survivors is an essential part of humanitarian response.

OpenWHO offers a series of 5 courses that provide detailed guidance on the Clinical Management of Survivors of Rape and Intimate Partner Violence.

This series is intended for qualified healthcare workers providing services to survivors of rape and intimate partner violence in humanitarian emergencies.

Celebrating World AMR Awareness Week (WAAW)


18 to 24 November is World AMR Awareness Week.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. AMR threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. 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.

Learn more about how to prevent AMR in our Antimicrobial Resistance channel which offers learning resources to in multiple languages

New course launched on zoonotic disease outbreaks and the One-Health approach


75% of emerging infections in humans are zoonotic. A One Health approach is key to the management of shared threats for future outbreaks and pandemics at the human-animal-environment interface. A multidisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration, through a One Health approach is required to effectively prepare for, detect, assess, and respond to emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases. However, during outbreaks of zoonosis, countries usually have limited time to organize the response. If no operational framework is in place, each sector tends to work independently.

OpenWHO has launched a 2-hour course that introduces the concepts of the coordinated response to manage zoonotic disease outbreaks between sectors for animal health, public health and the environment as well as other relevant stakeholders. In addition, it fosters understanding of the diverse perspectives of different stakeholders during an outbreak response. A certificate of achievement is also available upon completion of the course.

Sign up here: https://openwho.org/courses/reprep-zoonotic-outbreaks

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction


On 13 October, we celebrate the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. This day celebrates how communities are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reducing disaster risk.

We invite you to access our course on “Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management for Resilient Cities” to learn more about the existing risk in cities. This course also aims to introduce participants to knowledge and tools to manage all-hazard risks for effective health emergency and disaster risk management and building resilient cities from a health perspective.

10 October Celebrating World Mental Health Day


Mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies is a priority and integral component of every humanitarian response.

Humanitarian emergencies exacerbate the risk of mental health conditions and increase the need to scale up mental health and psychosocial support services and care.

To celebrate on World Mental Health Day on 10 October, we invite you to explore our course offerings on this topic.

OpenWHO launched an 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.

The course is now available in English, Polish, Spanish and Ukrainian.

Celebrating International Translation Day


OpenWHO offers courses in 71 national and local languages to make learning accessible to communities across the globe. You can browse them here.

On 30 September we celebrate the translators across the world who made this possible. 17.5 million words have been translated!

Celebrating 8 Million Enrolments


We are proud to share that our OpenWHO online courses now have 8 million enrolments! Our free platform is open to all, anytime, from anywhere. Since 2017, OpenWHO is free of charge and offers multilingual self-paced online courses on various health topics. Our team is forever grateful for your engagement in our OpenWHO learning community. Thanks a lot from the OpenWHO team!

Celebrating the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies with a new course on OpenWHO on Air pollution and Health!


On the 7th of September we celebrate the UN International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The United Nations have marked this date as an effort to strengthen cooperation in improving air quality and reducing air pollution.

Clean air is vital for health and day-to-day lives of people, yet air pollution still persists being the greatest environmental risk to human health and one of the main preventable causes of death and disease globally. Air pollution is responsible for 7 million premature deaths per year. These deaths are mostly caused from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – such as ischemic heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer – but also from acute lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia.

All health workers would benefit from gaining knowledge and skills to protect individuals and communities from air pollution exposure, as well as to advocate for clean air.

OpenWHO launched a new course on "Air pollution and Health" to help understand, communicate and address the main health impacts of air pollution and which roles health workers can play to protect and promote people’s health. The course is made up of 4 modules with videos and interactive exercises. Participants have the opportunity to earn course certificates and digital badges to share their achievements.

Access the new Air pollution and health course here.

New training offerings in the Infodemic Management channel


New training offerings in the Infodemic Management channel

The Infodemic management channel includes training courses that provides an overview of the strategies, good practices, methods and tools that infodemic managers and all interested health workers can use in the field to prevent, prepare for and respond to infodemics.

Four new courses were recently added to the channel:

New courses on OpenWHO this month


LearningSavesLives: OpenWHO stories from across the globe

The OpenWHO team organized an online exhibition and experience-sharing event on 12 & 13 July 2023, showcasing how learners have used WHO’s free OpenWHO.org learning platform to protect public health in their communities. These case studies describe OpenWHO use on the ground by health professionals and communities, providing examples beyond what can be captured on the platform and contributing to the body of knowledge on the multiplier effect of open online learning.

You can access the video recordings of the presentations in the dedicated portal created in the OpenWHO platform here.

New courses on OpenWHO this month

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

Mpox and the 2022-2023 Global Outbreak: This course provides a brief overview of mpox, including new insights on transmission, clinical presentation, preventive measures, and outbreak response.

Ebola and Marburg Diseases Screening and Treatment Center Design: This course, explores the fundamental principles and structural requirements underpinning the design and functioning of screening facilities and treatment centres in Ebola and Marburg diseases context.

WHO Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health: The course consists of video recordings from the 2021 School, which focus on sharing country experiences in addressing the health needs and rights of refugees and migrants, with an emphasis on specific thematic areas: health service accessibility, COVID-19, mental health, health promotion and health financing.

National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS): Leveraging WHO's New Integrated and Holistic Planning Approach This introductory level course provides a general overview of the NAPHS process and methodology.

Go.Data: Building Additional Dashboards in Power BI: The aim of this course is to provide learners with skills to create additional dashboards in Power BI using the data collected in Go.Data.

WHO-ICRC Basic Emergency Care: Approach to the Acutely Ill and Injured: This course introduces a practical and systematic management approach to emergency conditions.

Air Pollution and Health: An Introduction for Health Workers: This course examines the main health impacts of air pollution and which roles health workers can play to protect and promote people’s health.

Public Health and Pesticides: This course guides participants through a process of decision making for implementation, by adopting best practices of public health pesticide management.

Oral Health Training Course for Community Health Workers in Africa: The aim of this course is to build the capacity of community health workers on oral health promotion, oral disease prevention, and control to meet some of the unmet demand for oral health services and strengthen the oral health system through a cross-cutting approach.

HHFA Data Collection Training of Trainers: This course equips qualified health professionals at country level with the core knowledge to facilitate training sessions for collection of HHFA data from health facilities.

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has a total of 230 courses with learning resources spread across 71 languages. All courses can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language and topic.

New training offerings in the Infodemic Management channel

The Infodemic management channel includes training courses that provides an overview of the strategies, good practices, methods and tools that infodemic managers and all interested health workers can use in the field to prevent, prepare for and respond to infodemics.

Four new courses were recently added to the channel:

New courses available in the Health Inequality Monitoring channel

The Health Inequality Monitoring channel includes training courses about the foundations of health inequality monitoring, its application to specific topics and skill building. Three new courses became recently available to provide learners with practical guidance to the preparation of disaggregated data sourced from household surveys using different tools and softwares:

New training offerings added to the End TB channel

The End TB channel 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. Two new courses were added to the catalogue:

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Best wishes, OpenWHO team

Cambodia the 50th country to host the National Bridging Workshop initiative


Cambodia recently hosted its National Bridging Workshop (NBW) for One Health, making it the 50th country to participate in this global initiative!

Stakeholders from animal health, animal health and environment sectors in Cambodia have gathered in Siem Reap for a workshop as part of efforts aimed at strengthening preparedness at the human-animal-environment interface.

NBW are three-day national events facilitated by WHO, WOAH and FAO, bringing together 50-120 participants from public health, animal health and environment sectors to analyse and discuss their collaboration. The key output is a joint, operational roadmap that the three sectors pledge to implement together to improve their collaboration in the prevention, detection and response to zoonotic diseases and other health events at the animal-human-environment interface.

Over 2,800 participants from around the world had the opportunity to take part in such an event, which helps strengthen collaboration among the various ministries involved in the One Health approach.

OpenWHO topical channel on One Health hosts a course which provides insight into some of WHO’s work at the animal-human-environment interface, including National Bridging Workshops (NBW). You can access the course here.

Celebrating World Humanitarian Day 2023


On 19 August, OpenWHO joins the international community in marking World Humanitarian Day and honouring humanitarians who work to deliver life-saving assistance to people in need, #NoMatterWhat.

Our free platform offers online courses on more than 230 public health topics, including learning resources relevant to humanitarian workers and the communities they serve. One recently launched resource is the Basic Emergency Care (BEC): Approach to the acutely ill and injured course for first contact health workers who manage acute illness and injury with limited resources, which was developed by WHO and International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), in collaboration with the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM).

Well-trained first contact health workers are cornerstones of strong integrated health services to provide timely, quality care. BEC teaches a systematic approach to the initial assessment and management of time-sensitive critical conditions where early intervention saves lives.

Since its launch in 2015, the BEC course has been taught worldwide using a 5-day structure delivery through lectures, workbook questions, small-group case scenarios, multiple choice questions and skills stations. These modules on OpenWHO provide the essential knowledge covered in the 5-day course. The content is meant to be used as refresher material or as a ‘just-in-time' educational resource.

The course will take approximately 7 hours to complete. Participants have the opportunity to earn course certificates and digital badges to share their achievements.

Access the course here.

Course launched on National Action Plans for Health Security


To strengthen country capacity for Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Resilience, Member States need to develop, implement and monitor National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS).

OpenWHO has launched a 2-hour introductory level course that provides a general overview of the NAPHS process and methodology. This includes the critical steps necessary to support the development, implementation and monitoring of 5-year strategic NAPHS, as well as 12/24 month operational NAPHS.

The target audience for this course is personnel responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of NAPHS. Participants have the opportunity to earn course certificates and digital badges to share their achievements.

Sign up here: National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS): Leveraging WHO's new integrated and holistic planning approach

In case you missed it: New video portal recaps OpenWHO global event


The OpenWHO team organized an online exhibition and experience-sharing event on 12 & 13 July 2023, showcasing how learners have used WHO’s free OpenWHO.org learning platform to protect public health in their communities.

A new portal is available with video recordings of the presentations given by OpenWHO learners and the posters highlighting their interventions so their stories can continue to be shared across the globe.

The portal includes open links to each case study for easy dissemination with your networks. Browse the mini-videos here.

#LearningSavesLives

New course available: Mpox and the 2022-2023 global outbreak


Mpox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It can spread from person-to-person and through contact with infected animals in enzootic areas. The clinical presentation is similar to that seen in the past with smallpox but less severe.

In 2022 to 2023, there was a large global outbreak of mpox affecting more than 110 countries, primarily driven by human-to-human transmission through sexual contact. In just over a year, over 90 000 cases and 150 deaths were reported to the WHO.

A new OpenWHO course aims to provide a general overview of mpox, with a focus on new information on the disease and lessons learned from the global outbreak. It is intended for health workers and the public to help make informed decisions and take appropriate preventive measures to protect themselves against mpox.

This course is designed to complement the OpenWHO introductory training on mpox and the extended training on prevention and management of mpox. It can be viewed before or after the first two courses prepared prior to the global outbreak.

A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the course assessment. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course.

Access the new mpox course here.