Exploring the use of WHO’s COVID-19 vaccination online learning in countries


The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator’s Country Readiness and Delivery workstream developed an OpenWHO training course for national and sub-national stakeholders on key aspects of COVID-19 vaccine deployment. The initial courses launched in December 2020 and were complemented by vaccine product-specific trainings in March 2021. As of June 2021, the Orientation to National Deployment and Vaccination Planning for COVID-19 Vaccines (NDVP) course had more than 15 000 learners in English alone and is available in over 13 languages.

A learner feedback survey was conducted from March to April 2021 to understand the impact of the trainings, usability for learners, and potential value of online training expansion for other immunizations. Using the survey responses and data available from the OpenWHO platform, WHO assessed the knowledge gained from participating in the course. The increase of knowledge from the course was assessed using the average score change between the pre-test and the post-test.

The scores increased by an average of 44% for the NDVP course from an average pre-test score of 51.5% to an average post-test score of 95.5%. Additionally, a substantially higher rate of the enrolled learners completed the course than the industry benchmark for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

The user feedback provides insight for WHO learning providers in health emergencies. Over 96% of the survey participants agreed that they have more confidence in performing their professional roles related to COVID-19 vaccination after taking the course. More than 60% of learners in the survey indicated that they prefer online learning over other training options. However, 44% of survey participants had at least one barrier to online learning (such as internet connection, IT related issues, not enough time to complete the course, language barriers, etc.). Despite these limitations, learners, all levels of WHO and partners have expressed strong interest in further expansion of the OpenWHO online learning courses

Webinars create global dialogue between health emergency experts, field practitioners and learners on how to tackle COVID-19


The old proverb states that necessity is the mother of invention. While webinars are not a particularly new invention, for OpenWHO.org their use marks the beginning of a new, powerful platform for engaging and expanding its user base in the health emergency preparedness and response arena.

Since February, participation in webinars has been substantial: nearly 20 000 participants have attended a total of 12 webinars produced with OpenWHO collaboration. If we were to equate our reach in terms of filling a stadium, it would compare to filling two-thirds of the Stade de Genève, Lancy (capacity 30 000) with participants.

As we all know, the ongoing pandemic has been marked by the rapid emergence of massive amounts of new knowledge on how to respond. This new knowledge is often presented in isolation, with little context or space for analysis and reflection, and countered by misinformation and disinformation. The flood of information is overwhelming, and the noise that comes with it distracts from what is free and available. Helping address this is at the heart of the new webinar series.

In practical terms, late last year, the Learning and Capacity Development team, working in close coordination with other WHO Health Emergencies Programme teams, realized that there was an opportunity and a clear need to empower the millions who were already taking advantage of OpenWHO.org COVID-19 course offerings, bring context and grow our shared learner base. With this in mind, the #LearningSavesLives webinar series was born.

As Heini Utunen, who manages the OpenWHO platform, explains: "We wanted to help our users connect the dots, to help transform the available information into applicable, powerful knowledge... to help them realize how they could better capitalize on the growing universe of COVID-19 courses being offered in multiple languages... to bring opportunities to maximize that knowledge by hearing the experiences of those working in the field and WHO experts."

As the pandemic continues, webinars have endured as a popular interactive tool to transfer life-saving knowledge to all corners of the globe. Grounded on OpenWHO.org principles of equity, free access and lifelong learning, these webinars provide a unique opportunity for anyone with an internet connection to interact directly with experts and those in the field.

Since February, we have held 8 #LearningSavesLives webinars in multiple languages (English, Spanish, French and Portuguese). In June, a second limited-duration multilingual webinar series was launched in English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Arabic. This forward-looking joint online training is titled, "Build back better: Harnessing South-South cooperation and risk reduction planning for resilient and healthy cities in the post COVID-19 era" and was co-organized with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI).

While the summer season in the northern hemisphere will be quieter in terms of the number of webinars, the autumn will see more taking place. We invite you to stay tuned, present us with ideas, partner with us and help us share information about future sessions so more people can benefit from the product of our shared collaboration.

Together we can help end this pandemic and begin to set the path to build back better a post-pandemic world.

World Zoonosis Day 6 July: Online learning supports governments to operationalize a One Health approach in countries


'One Health' is an approach in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes. One area of work in which a One Health approach is particularly relevant includes the control of zoonoses (diseases that can spread between animals and humans, such as avian flu, rabies and Rift Valley Fever) where efforts by just one sector cannot prevent or eliminate the problem. A One Health approach is key to the management of shared threats for future outbreaks and pandemics at the human-animal-environment interface.

Three new courses are available on the OpenWHO One Health Channel, allowing learners from around the globe to explore principles and best practices for a One Health approach for zoonotic diseases. The first course introduces the critical role of international frameworks to help human and animal health sectors ‘bridge’ their work to meet shared goals for disease preparedness and response. Once learners understand the role of collaborative work in their country context, they can then explore the practical approaches set forth in the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide and its operational tools. The second course offering on the One Health channel allows learners to explore and navigate the technical chapters of the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide in more depth, using country examples to propel their learning to the next level. And finally, a training for implementers is available for those interested in using the Joint Risk Assessment operational tool to asses and manage zoonotic diseases hazards at national and subnational levels.

Join us today and begin exploring the principles and best practices for a One Health approach in countries!

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Ready4Response Tier 1 and 2: Now available for frontline responders

This training package aims to develop consistent learning standards across the emergency response workforce, equipping participants with essential competencies needed to work across the various levels of response.

We invite you to enrol in the courses of this training package:

#LearningSavesLives Webinar Series

Intertwined: Diseases of man and beast and their impact on lives and livelihoods

On World Zoonosis Day 2021, 6 July 14:00 (CET), join our global panel of experts and practitioners to discuss the impact zoonotic diseases have on our lives, health, and livelihoods and discuss how we can build the capacity and systems to address the impact of zoonotic diseases.

You can register for this webinar here.

New courses and languages for COVID-19

Celebrating 100 course topics

We are pleased to announce OpenWHO’s 100th course topic. The course focuses on management strategies when caring for patients with mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19.

New translations

The following 13 translations for COVID-19 have been launched this month:

  • ePROTECT in Kazakh

  • IPC for COVID-19 in Kazakh

  • COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers in Kazakh

  • IPC leadership in Albanian and Azerbaijani

  • Introduction to COVID-19 in Kazakh

  • Neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spanish and French

  • Health and peace in Arabic

  • Clinical care SARI in Kazakh

  • Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response in Kazakh

  • Clinical management of patients with COVID-19: Rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19 in Chinese

  • Personal protective equipment in Kazakh

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now offers 35 courses on COVID-19, spread across 52 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-related topics here.

New Serving Countries channel on OpenWHO

The Serving Countries channel 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. So far, the following country pages are available: India, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, and Viet Nam.

New channels on OpenWHO

COVID-19 Vaccines channel

The new COVID-19 Vaccines channel provides health workers, national and subnational focal points, and partners with the information to ensure safe and efficient COVID-19 vaccine delivery. The following courses are currently available under this channel: COVID-19 vaccine-specific resources; Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines, and COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers.

Go.Data channel

This channel provides resources to learn how to use the Go.Data software for contact tracing and data collection in outbreak response. The channel offers online training courses in several languages and short how-to video tutorials that demonstrate how to use key functionalities of the Go.Data software.

Scientific and strategic talks on COVID-19

This page hosts video recordings of presentations given by WHO experts from a variety of fields at conferences and other forums, so that this essential knowledge can continue to be shared across the globe.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

[Webinar invitation] #LearningSavesLives Webinar Series - Intertwined - diseases of man and beast and their impact on lives and livelihoods


Celebrating World Zoonoses Day 2021

Date: Tuesday, 6th July 2021

Time: 14:00 - 15:30 Central European Time

Register now

Panelists:

  • Dr Bernadette Abela-RIDDER, Scientist, Department of the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO HQ
  • Dr Wesinew Adugna, Livestock Program Manager, VSF-Suisse, Ethiopia
  • Dr Barbara Alessandrini, Head of the Capacity Building Department, OIE, France
  • Ms. Edwinah Atusingwize, Research Associate, Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Dr Nitish Debnath, Team Leader, Fleming Fund Project, Bangladesh
  • Prof. Oladele Ogunseitan, Leader of Training and Empowerment, USAID One Health Workforce|Next Generation Project, University of California, Irvine, US
  • Dr Stéphane de la Rocque, Team Leader, Human Animal Interface, Health Security preparedness Department, WHO HQ
  • Dr Nigel Swift, Global Head of Veterinary Public Health, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, France
  • Prof Andrea Winkler, Co-Director of Centre for Global Health Technical University of Munich, Germany

Did you know the majority of infectious diseases in people are of animal origin? We call these zoonotic diseases. Seven out of ten new disease discovered the last decade – including the virus that is responsible for the COVID19 pandemic, are caused by pathogens which jumped from animals to humans. The truth is that our lives and health are closely intertwined with animals and the environment in which we all live. On World Zoonosis Day 2021, join our global panel of experts and practitioners to discuss the impact zoonotic diseases have on our lives, health, and livelihoods and discuss how we can build the capacity and systems to address the impact of zoonotic diseases.

Moderator: Dr Gaya Gamhewage, Head of Learning & Capacity Development, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO

Zoonosis related courses on OpenWHO👇

#OpenWHO #LearningSavesLives #HealthForAll #BuildingsustainablesystemforOneHealth

Celebrating 4 years of OpenWHO


Today marks 4 years of open-source learning operations on OpenWHO.org. The online platform was designed to be readily scalable for a global pandemic. As it entered its 4th year of operations, the platform was already in a real-time pandemic test – and serves the world by delivering WHO’s evidence-based learning materials in free and accessible online formats in a massive scale.

OpenWHO use and reach has expanded over the years, with massive growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform opened to the public with the launch of a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) course in June 2017.

The first pilot course on the platform was launched with African region in March 2017 on Managing 21st Century Epidemics. The pilot was a positive experience, including its accessibility in low-bandwidth environments, a key priority for the OpenWHO team. Currently, ¾ users of the platform are from the low- and middle-income countries.

We are soon up in 100 different course topics, in 53 languages and counting. OpenWHO hosts 5.3 million enrolments from all over the world and reaches very high completion rates, average 60 % (2.9 million certificates). We have nearly 10 million words translated. Thank you for all learners for having joined!

Celebrating UN Russian Language day: Online learning offerings in Russian


Today, on UN Russian Language Day, OpenWHO celebrates over 25 000 enrolments across 17 courses available in the Russian language. The OpenWHO platform, developed utilizing Russian Federation funds and launched in 2017, is WHO’s interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering free online courses to improve responses to health emergencies.

Together with the WHO European Region Office, OpenWHO launched its first online course in Russian in June 2019 on the WHO Incident Management System (IMS). The number of courses and course enrolments on the OpenWHO learning platform in Russian language has only seen an increase throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since June 2019, OpenWHO has published 17 Russian language courses with 13 of these published since January 2020 specific to COVID-19. This includes multiple course offered for frontline responders and decision makers on COVID-19 on topics ranging from infection prevention and control (IPC) to COVID-19 vaccine-specific resources. As new WHO guidance and tools are released, the Russian language courses are updated, ensuring all courses cover up-to-date and accurate information. The remaining 4 course topics launched in Russian cover other critical health topics such as Antimicrobial Resistance and Tobacco Control and the translation of more courses into Russian is underway. All Russian courses are accessible here.

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


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New courses and languages for COVID-19

New courses launched

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

Coming soon

New translations

The following 15 translations for COVID-19 have been launched this month:

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 34 courses on COVID-19, spread across 49 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 shows all courses and languages available for COVID-19 and other health-related topics here.

Joint Certificate Programme: Build Back Better

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR GETI), United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and WHO have joined together to deliver a unique online training for local authorities and urban practitioners on Build Back Better: Harnessing South-South cooperation and risk reduction planning for resilient and healthy cities in the post COVID-19 era. The training will be held on the 8, 15, 22 and 29 June 2021, with a total of 4 online sessions, one end-of-course assessment, and one post-course survey.

You can find more information here. You can register for the online training here.

COVID-19 vaccine related courses available in all UN languages and other national languages

Working with WHO expert teams OpenWHO has launched several courses to transfer critical knowledge on vaccination for the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The following courses are currently available in all UN languages and other national languages: COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers, Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine specific resources.

Share your achievements on LinkedIn!

After successfully completing a COVID-19 related course, OpenWHO users can now share their record of achievements certification with a verification link which will confirm the authenticity of the certificate.

Antimicrobial Stewardship: A competency-based approach now available in new languages

The aim of this course is to better prepare clinicians who frequently prescribe antimicrobials with the knowledge and tools to improve their use of these essential medications in daily clinical practice. The Antimicrobial Stewardship course has been made available recently in Spanish and Russian. The course is also available in English, French, and Italian.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

#LearningSavesLivesWebinar for Spanish Day: Partnerships in training benefit frontline workers in the Americas


On April 23, to celebrate the International Spanish Language Day, the Pan American Health Organization PAHO and OpenWHO co-hosted a webinar with testimonies on how the virtual training has been instrumental in defending public health and protecting lives in the Americas. During the webinar speakers from across the Americas shared their experiences on how PAHO's Virtual Campus and OpenWHO platforms enabled rapid national scale-up for training during the first year COVID19 pandemic, making life-saving knowledge available, accessible and locally contextualized.

Watch the webinar recording here.

[Convite webinar] Alcançar a linha da frente: O papel da Língua Portuguesa no fim da pandemia da COVID-19


#LearningSavesLives Webinar Series

Data: 5 de maio de 2021

Hora: 8:00h Brasil, 11:00h São Tomé e Príncipe, 12h Angola, 13h Suíça / Moçambique, 20h Timor-Leste

REGISTE-SE AGORA

Orador principal

  • Bernardo Mariano Junior, Director, Saúde Digital e Inovação Director de Informação OMS

Palestrantes

  • Professor Alex Jones Flores Cassenote, Epidemiologista FMUSP, Brasil
  • Janine Giuberti Coutinho, Doutoramento em Nutrição Humana e Especialista em Saúde Pública
  • Luis dos Reis, Chefe de Equipa, Planeamento e Gestão de Programas, Saúde Ambiental e Programa de Emergência Sanitária, Timor-Leste, ​OMS
  • Vilfrido Santana Gil, Conselheiro para Prevenção e Controlo de Doenças/Ponto focal emergência sanitária. São Tomé e Príncipe, OMS

Moderador

  • Mônica Diniz Durães, Consultora Nacional, Unidade Técnica Capacidades Humanas para a Saúde, Escritório da OPAS/OMS no Brasil

Responder aos desafios colocados pela pandemia da COVID-19 requer o uso de todas as ferramentas que a humanidade tem à sua disposição - uma das mais importantes é garantir que os trabalhadores da linha de frente em todo o mundo tenham acesso ao conhecimento mais recente em seu próprio idioma. A língua portuguesa não é apenas uma das línguas mais difundidas no mundo, - com mais de 265 milhões de falantes espalhados por todos os continentes - mas também a língua mais falada no hemisfério sul. O português é um dos principais idiomas de comunicação internacional e uma língua com forte projeção geográfica destinada a crescer, especialmente em África.

Por ocasião do Dia Internacional da Língua Portuguesa, ouviremos em primeira mão como falantes de português em todo o mundo estão respondendo à pandemia, e como os mais recentes conhecimentos sobre a COVID-19 estão sendo disponibilizados para serem usados e disseminados em todo o mundo. Exploraremos as oportunidades de aprendizagem disponíveis para falantes de português, e mapearemos alguns dos desafios futuros que se colocam, não só na resposta à atual pandemia mas também no acesso a conhecimentos essenciais de saúde pública que ajudarão as sociedades a se reconstruirem melhor após a pandemia.

A equipe da OpenWHO.org comemorou recentemente o primeiro aniversário da publicação de seu primeiro curso COVID-19. Desde então, disponibilizamos 29 cursos COVID-19 em diversos idiomas, sendo 9 deles o português. Embora tenhamos tido uma aceitação significativa durante a pandemia, com mais de 5 milhões de inscrições na plataforma OpenWHO, sabemos que muitos mais falantes da língua portuguesa poderiam se beneficiar do conhecimento oferecido pela OpenWHO

REGISTE-SE AGORA

#OpenWHO #LearningSavesLives #HealthForAll #linguaportuguesa #aprenderemportuguês

Stories from the frontline: Indonesia


Strengthening COVID-19 response with the latest science

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic called for the latest science and technical knowledge on COVID-19 to be disseminated quickly to Indonesia's health workforce. Amidst various information sources, health workers seek a credible source of knowledge to guide them in responding to COVID-19. OpenWHO courses provide trusted and structured courses based on the latest science to fill in the knowledge gap in the COVID-19 response.

WHO Indonesia technical team selects the courses to be disseminated based on identified needs on the ground. All course materials are translated into the Indonesian language and context, with a rigorous editing process to ensure technical accuracy. On 7 March 2020, in a matter of days since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country, WHO in Indonesia launched the first OpenWHO course on ePROTECT and Infection Prevention and Control in the Indonesian language.

To broaden the reach of OpenWHO, courses are promoted widely through social media, email, and group chats across our networks and partners. Each course information and registration link are also announced on the Ministry of Health's (MoH) emerging diseases website and the Indonesian Hospital Association (PERSI) 's website.

MoH Head of Basic Immunization Unit, Dr Dyan Sawitri, said that OpenWHO courses have equipped her team with the technical knowledge and operational know-how needed to strengthen Indonesia's COVID-19 response. The 'COVID 19 vaccination training for health workers', in particular, has provided comprehensive information that covers vaccine types, logistical procedures, cold chain preparation, and implementation steps. More than 1300 participants have enrolled in this training since it was launched on 24 February 2021

"The OpenWHO course on COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers course has provided technical knowledge on all aspects of COVID-19 vaccination for my team and health workers in general. We often get questions from the subnational level on different aspects of COVID-19, and we always refer to WHO recommendations and content from the OpenWHO course as one of our key references. A well-trained and confident health workforce is a crucial pillar to ensure safe vaccination across Indonesia, and OpenWHO is strengthening our health workforce with the latest science," said Dr Dyan. "Communication aspects of COVID-19 vaccination are important to fight misinformation, and it is also a topic that is rarely discussed in technical health meetings, so it is good to see that this topic is covered as part of the OpenWHO course", she said.

The MoH continues to adopt various WHO technical guidance in the national technical guidance on COVID-19 response. Content from the OpenWHO courses is also adopted in MoH training modules. As of 12 April 2021, more than 27 000 participants have enrolled in the eight OpenWHO courses available in Indonesian.

OpenWHO欢庆中国语言日!


OpenWHO欢庆中国语言日!

在COVID-19全球大流行期间,OpenWHO持续出品了许多中文课程。现在平台上已有10个不同主题的中文课程上线。

今天就加入我们: https://openwho.org/courses?lang=cn

#学习拯救生命

OpenWHO celebrates the Chinese language day!

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, OpenWHO has continued to produce courses in Chinese, currently hosting 10 different topical courses.

Join today: https://openwho.org/courses?lang=cn

#LearningSavesLives

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


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COVID- 19: Partnerships to bring training to the frontline?

Celebrating UN Spanish Language Day and its importance in bringing life-saving knowledge to the frontline in the Americas during health emergencies

Into the second year of the COVID19 pandemic, real-time training has become a mainstay of the COVID-19 response. On 23 April, to mark the International day of Spanish language, the Pan American Health organization and The World Health Organization will co-host a webinar on how virtual training has been instrumental in saving lives and protecting those at risk in the Americas. The webinar will be in Spanish with interpretation in English and will focus on how the PAHO Virtual Campus and the global OpenWHO.org platforms quickly scaled up training and made life-saving knowledge available in languages of the Americas. Join experts and practitioners from across the region and globally to discover how they innovated to bring knowledge and skills to the frontline.

You can register for this webinar here.

Consultation on the draft WHO Global Learning Strategy

The World Health Organization invites you to participate in an online public consultation on the draft WHO Global Learning Strategy. The objective of this consultation is to assess the level to which the approach, objectives, and goal of the draft Learning Strategy respond to the life-long-learning needs and capacity development efforts in stakeholder organizations.

The study is in two parts - the end of the first round has been set for 23 April. You can access the online public consultation here.

COVID-19 vaccine-related courses available in all UN languages and other national languages

Working with WHO expert teams, OpenWHO launched several courses to transfer critical knowledge on vaccination for the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers course is available in all UN languages and several other national languages such as Portuguese, Indonesian, or Vietnamese. The Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines course is now available in English, Chinese, French, and Russian with Spanish and Arabic to come soon.

New courses and languages for COVID-19

New courses launched

We are pleased to announce the following COVID-19 courses which have recently become available on OpenWHO:

New translations

The following 32 translations for COVID-19 have been launched this month:

All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language.

Updates to course content

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

  • Introduction to COVID-19, Module 1 in Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish and Russian. All other languages are currently being updated.

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 204 courses for COVID-19 spread across 47 languages and 30 topics. You can access our catalogue which shows all courses and languages available for COVID-19 here. For other health-related topics, you can access the catalogue here

Call for applicants for 2nd WHO training in infodemic management

Applications for WHO's global infodemic manager training course are open. This cohort will be the second group of professionals to become skilled and certified WHO infodemic responders. Upon completion of the training, they can be deployed to different country assignments around the globe. WHO is proud to partner again with US CDC for this infodemic management training. US CDC is providing technical expertise, facilitation, and training support.

  • Online training runs for four weeks from 1 - 30 June 2021
  • Deadline for submission is 9 May 2021 at 18:00 Geneva, Switzerland time

Find the full guidelines for how to apply here.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

#LearningSavesLives Webinar Series - Will COVID-19 revolutionize medical and health education?


COVID19 has profoundly shaken the time-tested traditions of education in medicine and health. As millions of medical and other health sciences students and their teachers remained in lockdown, dispersed across geographies, new methods of approaching distance and distributed learning have come to the fore. Some believe that medical education will never be the same again. While universities were able to make the shift from lecture halls to digital classrooms, with varying degrees of success for knowledge transfer, transferring skills and competency development that are essential for the caring professions, remain a major challenge. The know-do gap is now in sharp focus. How will the COVID19-inspired changes to medical and health sciences education, offered by universities and in-service training, evolve? Are we looking at the future of medical and health professional education

Webinar replay: https://youtu.be/UVRmIT6Zevo

Link to a short video with quotes: https://youtu.be/qcEACTisisg

Marking the Hearing Day 3 March – Join our Indian Sign Language course


The OpenWHO platform prioritizes translation of learning resources to reach populations as extensively as possible. Providing courses in learners' languages can help remove the barriers to learning and make it accessible to more learners. This means providing learning in the languages of those in need. OpenWHO hosts a COVID-19 explanatory resource in Indian sign language. This is currently being accessed by 53 000 learners, and 47 000 have already received a certificate of participation.

This learning resource is an example of OpenWHOs collaboration with volunteers around the globe who have generously offered to translate WHO's COVID-19 learning materials into additional languages to reach as many people as possible.

The Introductory COVID-19 course in Indian Sign Language can be accessed here

Stories from the frontline: Kazakhstan


Delivering knowledge to every frontline responder

Knowledge saves lives, even more so during outbreaks of novel diseases when one’s understanding of the emergency and the public health measures exercised in response develop frequently. During visits to health facilities, laboratories and community centres, the staff at World Health Organization (WHO) Kazakhstan are often told by frontline medical responders that there is a never-ending need for learning that can be practically exercised to save lives.

In Kazakhstan, the WHO team has capitalised on OpenWHO’s evidence-based courses, which provide frontline responders with life-saving knowledge on various topics relevant to COVID-19, all for free. To name a few, the courses on infection prevention and control, case management, and emergency operations centres provide critical information that healthcare workers need to keep themselves and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We support healthcare workers in Kazakhstan daily, travelling to the locations where cases are on the rise and providing on-site consultation to doctors and patients, as well as policymakers. OpenWHO is a great help to us to ensure that healthcare workers have the required theoretical basis to work during COVID-19 response,” stated Professor Bakhyt Kosherova from Karagandy Medical University.

To promote the OpenWHO courses, WHO Kazakhstan has established an operational partnership with Kazakhstan’s specialised governmental agency for post-graduate education, medical professional associations, medical universities, and alumni groups. In January 2021, the team conducted seven awareness sessions for a range of national stakeholders. Currently, OpenWHO courses are being promoted through professional networks, Ministry of Health webpages and agencies and influencers referenced in training curricula. OpenWHO’s most popular COVID-19 courses are being translated into Kazakh by WHO, which will ease incorporating the material into the training curriculum for Kazakh medical students and health workers.

“OpenWHO enrolments from Kazakhstan have increased six-fold since the WHO country office began promoting the platform in 2020. However, we aim for the ambitious objective of reaching every healthcare worker responding to COVID-19 in Kazakhstan, regardless of their role. There are OpenWHO courses for every level of healthcare proficiency. Together with my colleagues from the WHO Regional Office for Europe, located in Copenhagen, we trained more than 4,000 healthcare workers last year through online webinars. Now, we are excited to engage in OpenWHO, another valuable channel for learning, offering self-paced courses that healthcare workers can complete on their own and at a time convenient for them,” remarked Dr Vitalii Stetsyk, a member of the WHO country team in Kazakhstan.

Dr Stetsyk shared WHO Kazakhstan's experience reaching frontline learners during the first WHO #LearningSavesLives webinar, which was held on 19 February ahead of World Day of Social Justice. The webinar also included speakers from Somalia, Suriname and Tajikistan. The next session will explore the challenges women face learning in emergencies, marking International Women's Day on 8 March. Register here to join.

As of February 2021, OpenWHO offers 27 courses on COVID-19, available in 45 languages. To find free courses in your language, click here.

Celebrating International Women's Day 2021: Choosing to challenge the barriers women face accessing life-saving knowledge for COVID19 response


Testimonies from International Women's Day 2021 #LearningSavesLives Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically highlights the need of every frontline health worker- no matter how remote or isolated - to access life-saving knowledge and learning opportunities. As we look forward, reaching the light at the end of the tunnel for the COVID-19 pandemic, will require decisive efforts to ensure that existing inequities are effectively tackled – especially those faced by women. While women make up 70% of the global health and social care workforce, they are often underpaid or unpaid. And while their contribution is outsized, women constitute less than 25% of leadership roles in health, thus limiting their contributions to decision and policy making.

The statistics are of significance not only because a large percentage of women face ongoing discrimination or bias, but also because they are confronted by the greatest risks during health emergencies. This is not only wrong from the perspective of equity and human rights, but its continuation also negatively impacts outcomes from a social, economic and management perspective. During this webinar, the panelist, practitioners and keynote speakers #ChoseToChallenge the barriers women face to access lifesaving information training & learning.

Keynote speaker quotes:
“Women’s contribution to health is enormous, so it is time we need to step forward and reclaim our space, we need to claim the seat to the table. That really reminds me about this quote from a colleague Shirley who said “if they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring your folding chair”. So we really need a lot of folding chairs now so that women can really contribute to the decision-making and lead the COVID-19 response so we can also lead the recovery.” Savior Flomo Mendin, County Manager, Grand Bassa County, Last Mile Health, Liberia

“There has to be a place for women at every decision making table. Women are not only doers, they need to shape the environment in which we are moving forward.” Dr Gaya Gamhewage, Head of Learning & Capacity Development, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization

“All of us can be leaders in this pandemic, but we need women & girls to be provided the opportunities to do so and to be listen to”, Dr Maria D Van Kerkhove, Technical Lead COVID-19, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

“We probably need to recognise that the problem has been recognised. But to understand that the problem has not been adressed...“, Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

According to a survey conducted in the first week of March 2021 among OpenWHO users, the top five challenges access to learning were Time (48%), Cost (45%), Digital access (24%), Not knowing where to access reliable source learning materials (24%), and language (19%). Female respondents were twice as likely to choose time and cost compared to male respondents.

The enabling factors were OpenWHO platform as easily accessible, with no cost, informative, simple and suitable for everyone. Also supervisor and colleague support of online learning was listed being helpful.

The COVID19 pandemic has increasingly brought more women to learn on the OpenWHO.org platform. Whereas prior the pandemic, about 70-80 % of learners in all courses were men, now the learner enrolment is equal between women and men.

Webinar replay: bit.ly/3qpMciv

Link to a short video with quotes: https://1drv.ms/v/s!Aub5xRpaC_E1kQi90FPnOGv5V3_t?e=3Kujcj

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


Monthly newsletter

You can access the most recent newsletter here. Please note that currently the newsletter is available in English only, but the newsletter highlights can be accessed in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

New courses

We are pleased to announce the following courses which have recently become available on OpenWHO:

New courses and languages for COVID-19

New courses launched for COVID-19

New translations

The following 17 translations for COVID-19 have been launched this month:

All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language.

Updates to course content

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

  • Introduction to COVID-19 in English Module 1. All other languages are currently being updated.

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 169 courses for COVID-19 spread across 45 languages and 27 topics. In summary, OpenWHO currently offers courses covering the following topics and languages to support the response to COVID-19:

  • Introduction to COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Amharic, Bengali, Dari, Fulah, German, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indian Sign Language, Indonesian, Kurdish, Latvian, Macedonian, Marathi, Oriya, Oromo, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Serbian, Sinhala, Somali, Swahili, Tetum, Turkish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Yoruba and Zulu)

  • Clinical care SARI (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Tetum and Vietnamese)

  • Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Bengali, Indonesian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Sinhala, Tetum, Thai and Vietnamese)

  • IPC for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Bengali, Dutch, Farsi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Sinhala, Somali, Tetum, Turkish and Vietnamese)

  • COVID-19 operational planning guidelines and partners platform to support country preparedness and response (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian and Portuguese)

  • SARI treatment facility design (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Italian, Portugues, Tetum, and Vietnamese)

  • An introduction to Go.Data (available in English, Spanish and Mongolian)

  • How to put on and remove PPE for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Dutch, Macedonian, Portuguese, Sinhala, Somali, Tamil, Tetum, Thai and Turkish)

  • Standard precautions for hand hygiene (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Dutch, Macedonian, Portuguese, Sinhala, Somali, Tamil, Tetum and Turkish)

  • Standard precautions for waste management (available in English and Tetum)

  • Decontamination and sterilization of medical devices (available in English)

  • Standard precautions for environmental cleaning and disinfection (available in English, Indonesian and Tetum)

  • Standard precautions for injection safety and needle-stick injury management (available in English and Tetum)

  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) core components and multimodal strategies (available in English)

  • Basic microbiology (available in English)

  • WHO COVID-19 Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment Training (available in English)

  • Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19 (available in English, Spanish, Macedonian, Portuguese, and Swahili)

  • Long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19 (available in English, Albanian, Dutch, Macedonian, and Indonesian)

  • Course 1: Clinical management of patients with COVID-19 - General considerations (available in English, Albanian, and Macedonian)

  • Management and Facilitation of a Country COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR) (available in English)

  • COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers (available in English and Indonesian)

  • Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines (available in English)

  • Clinical management of patients with COVID-19 - Rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19 (available in English)

  • Neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: impact and guidance (available in English)

  • Leadership and programme management in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) (available in English)

  • COVID-19 and work: Staying healthy and safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic (available in English)

  • COVID-19 Infodemic management: Risk communication and community engagement challenges (available in English)

To mark the coming International Women's Day on Monday 8 March, OpenWHO would like to explore the challenges women face with regard to learning in an emergency. We want to hear how women are using OpenWHO materials to reduce the gaps in access to health emergencies knowledge in their communities, organisations, and with peers. Help us to understand better the challenges women face by completing this short survey for International Women's Day here.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

1 year of pandemic learning response delivered online: Massive online learning is here to stay


Today we mark 1 year since we launched WHO’s first online learning course on COVID-19. Although we could not have known at the time, our quick action helped to get essential knowledge for managing the pandemic to frontline responders and decision-makers.

Back then, no one knew about the new virus, but our WHO experts helped the OpenWHO team to gather and adapt existing WHO evidence on the novel coronavirus (later named COVID-19) and guidance on managing severe acute respiratory pathogens into learning courses. Course production accelerated as the first WHO Emergency Committee meeting took place 22-23 January 2020 and, fulfilling the requirements of WHO’s Emergency Response Framework, the first learning resource was put together over the next 72 hours and launched on 26 January 2020. All this took place even before a Public Health Emergency of International Concern was declared on 30 January 2020.

Since then, the OpenWHO.org platform had grown to nearly 5 million learner registrations, mostly in our 25 free online COVID-19 courses in 44 languages. WHO’s technical-guidance-based first course “Introduction to COVID-19” is available on OpenWHO and the Pan American Health Organization’s Virtual Campus platform, and hosts more than 1.1 million total enrolments across 36 language versions. As new knowledge becomes available, course content is regularly updated. This is the first time in WHO’s history that we have been able to launch fast, high-quality, accessible learning on a massive scale to manage any health threat.

As the WHO Director-General has stated: OpenWHO is a powerful proof of concept for the WHO Academy and other future initiatives.

Lessons learnt

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant and rapid increase in all forms of digital learning. It has proven the power of online learning by using equity of access as a foundational principle for equity for all learners across the world to address knowledge and skills gaps. Online learning is no longer a temporary replacement, but a new way of working more efficiently and equitably. It is a basic part of the ecosystem needed to create a culture of lifelong learning in health. Below are some lessons learnt from the massive online learning delivery:

  1. Accessibility – Online learning enables participants with even basic technology to access learning from almost anywhere in the world. It is cost effective, kinder to the environment and saves time and resources. Self-paced, low-bandwidth-adjusted, downloadable and portable learning available from any device and offline increases access.
  2. Equity – Our massive open online courses (MOOCs) are available to all at no cost, democratizing knowledge and learning in a way never seen before. Providing equitable access to critical health emergency knowledge in the mother tongues of the most vulnerable populations is a core value of OpenWHO. The platform has published courses in a total of 46 languages so far, including 25 underserviced languages.
  3. Flexibility – Self-paced mass online learning delivery enables individuals to learn at their own speed, at their preferred time and in their preferred place. It builds on and provides for the preferences and availability of the learner.
  4. Learner-centricity – User-friendly options allow individuals to choose formats specific to their learning needs, and provide the basis for a more customized, ”just-in-time” learning experience and continuous, lifelong learning.
  5. Quality – Courses that are based on WHO technical guidance and the use of adult learning techniques assure quality of content and enhance learning.

关于个人防护装备的增强现实课程在世卫组织学院上线


世卫组织学院为卫生工作者推出了第一个关于如何正确使用个人防护装备的增强现实课程。

当前的COVID-19大流行突出了卫生工作者正确使用个人防护装备保护自己和患者的至关重要性。

这是一个面向全球所有卫生工作者的短期课程,可通过学院的移动学习应用程序学习这一课程

本课程是免费课程,可随时随地使用智能手机来学习。

学习者可以使用智能手机,看到一个栩栩如生的动画护士(通过屏幕出现在他们的房间或空间里),展示个人防护装备的正确用法。 完成本课程大约需要20分钟,有7种语言的版本——阿拉伯语、汉语、英语、法语、葡萄牙语、俄语和西班牙语。

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


New courses on COVID-19 vaccines

Working with WHO expert teams, OpenWHO launched the following courses to transfer critical knowledge on vaccination for the evolving COVID-19 pandemic:

  • 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 to specific priority groups as per country policy. This course provides general information on the disease and specific information on storage, handling and administration of the vaccine, recording and monitoring (including for adverse events following immunization (AEFI)), and communication (acceptance and demand) through a series of short video lectures and quizzes to test your knowledge. The course targets frontline health workers who will be vaccinators and also priority recipients.

  • 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 training package is intended to support national and sub-national focal points in preparing for COVID-19 vaccination. The training provides an overview of key aspects of the Guidance on developing a national deployment and vaccination plan for COVID-19 vaccines and highlights available and upcoming resources for COVID-19 vaccine introduction. Coming soon

New courses and languages for COVID-19

New courses launched

We are pleased to announce the following courses that have also recently become available on OpenWHO:

  • Management and Facilitation of a Country COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR): The Country COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR) is a facilitated process that brings together COVID-19 responders from multiple sectors for experience sharing and collective learning, and it has been modelled after the WHO After Action Review (AAR) methodology. This course provides a general introduction to the management and the facilitation of an IAR during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC): Experience has shown that timely implementation of a PHEOC provides an essential platform for the management of public health emergencies and can help avoid common failings such as lack of clear leadership leading to delayed decision making, mismanagement of resources and poor coordination. This online course is designed as a companion to WHO’s Framework for a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre and is aimed at health emergency preparedness and response professionals, policy makers and partners seeking to implement and sustain Public Health Emergency Operations Centres.

New translations

The following 4 translations for COVID-19 have been launched this month:

All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language.

Updates to course content

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

  • Introduction to COVID-19 in English module 1. All other languages are currently being updated.
  • Introduction to COVID-19 course in Indian Sign language: A new module customised for children with disabilities, particularly for those who are neurodiverse, was just adeed to this course. The materials can be found under Module 4: Materials for children with disabilities. The module covers how to wear a fabric/ medical mask, rules for handwashing, ways to dispose of used masks and the importance of maintaining appropriate physical distance.

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 147 courses for COVID-19 spread across 42 languages and 22 topics. In summary, OpenWHO currently offers courses covering the following topics and languages to support the response to COVID-19:

  • Introduction to COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Amharic, Bengali, Dari, German, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indian Sign Language, Indonesian, Kurdish, Macedonian, Marathi, Oriya, Oromo, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Serbian, Somali, Swahili, Tetum, Turkish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Yoruba and Zulu)

  • Clinical care SARI (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Tetum and Vietnamese)

  • Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Bengali, Indonesian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Sinhala, Tetum and Vietnamese)

  • IPC for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Bengali, Dutch, Farsi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Sinhala, Somali, Tetum, Turkish and Vietnamese)

  • COVID-19 operational planning guidelines and partners platform to support country preparedness and response (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian and Portuguese)

  • SARI treatment facility design (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tetum, and Vietnamese)

  • An introduction to Go.Data (available in English, Spanish and Mongolian)

  • How to put on and remove PPE for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Dutch, Macedonian, Portuguese, Somali, Tetum, Thai and Turkish)

  • Standard precautions for hand hygiene (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Sinhala, Somali, Tetum and Turkish)

  • Standard precautions for waste management (available in English and Tetum)

  • Decontamination and sterilization of medical devices (available in English)

  • Standard precautions for environmental cleaning and disinfection (available in English and Tetum)

  • Standard precautions for injection safety and needle-stick injury management (available in English)

  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) core components and multimodal strategies (available English)

  • Basic microbiology (available in English)

  • WHO COVID-19 Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment Training (available in English)

  • Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19 (available English, Macedonian, Portuguese and Spanish)

  • Long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19 (English, Dutch and Indonesian)

  • Course 1: Clinical management of patients with COVID-19 - General considerations (English)

  • COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers

  • Management and Facilitation of a Country COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR)

  • Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines:

As 2020 draws to a close, the OpenWHO team would like to express our sincere thanks to each and every one of you for learning and growing with us during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that #KnowledgeSavesLives – and that is especially true during emergencies. Please watch our one-minute video message here.

In the new year, we are committed to continuing to provide free access to expert knowledge to help you manage the pandemic and improve public health. We challenge each of you to help us spread the word about these free learning resources by bringing 20 people you know to the OpenWHO platform in 2021. Wishing you all a safe and healthy new year.

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

OpenWHO: Gold winner for 'Best international digital transformation of a training programme in response to COVID-19'


We are thrilled to share our COVID-19 learning response work has been recognized internationally. Last night, the health emergencies learning platform OpenWHO.org powered by Hasso Plattner Institute solutions was awarded Gold Winner for the 'Best international digital transformation of a training programme in response to COVID-19' by the Learning Technologies Awards.

This Award belongs to us all, as the success is based on the strong collaborative work with all technical teams over the past years and in particular during the COVID-19 learning response this year.

Here is the citation from the Award: “The judges were impressed by the speed and scalability of OpenWHO, the dynamic learning environment created to lead and facilitate a worldwide frontline response to the pandemic now and in the future. Responding to evidence, OpenWHO is constantly updating vital information and functionality as well as aggregating data to create extra value by, for example, predicting and identifying hotspots. A hugely worthy gold winner.”

The weblink is: https://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/the-class-of-2020

More than 350 private and public sector institutions participated, from 34 countries, and 61 judges screened nearly 500 entries. The OpenWHO team presented to the judges in September. Others shortlisted in our category included the British Council, Novartis, Open University of Hong Kong, University of Fort Hare and Metlife.

The OpenWHO team has also been honored to receive the following recognitions in the three years since its launch: Best Communication Paper Award at the International Conference on Informatics, Management and Technology in Health Care 2020; WHO Director-General's Award for Excellence 2018; Geneva Health Forum 2018 Jet d'Or prize; and Humanitarian Actor 2018 from Translators Without Borders.

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


Monthly newsletter

You can access the most recent newsletter here. Please note that currently, the newsletter is available in English only, but the newsletter highlights can be accessed in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Certificates Guidelines page

The Certificate Guidelines page has recently been made available in Chinese. It is also available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and can be found here.

Incident Management System (IMS) Tier 1 and 2 available in 6 languages

OpenWHO’s courses on the Incident Management System (IMS) – WHO's command system to control health emergencies – are now available in six languages: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The introductory course, IMS Tier 1, covers the minimum package for all personnel deployed in WHO emergency response, while the intermediate course, IMS Tier 2, builds on Tier 1 to provide a deeper understanding of the IMS. Additional languages such as Chinese are under development.

New channel on Clinical Management

Quality clinical care is at the heart of a robust, effective response to outbreaks. Frontline health workers need evidence-based tools and training to provide safe, effective and quality clinical care.The new Clinical Management channel includes training courses on a range of diseases, such as Ebola, diphtheria, influenza and others. The channel will also host a full course series on COVID-19 which covers a holistic pathway of care of a patient, from screening and triage to rehabilitation and palliative care. To access COVID-19-related clinical care courses in additional languages, you can visit the COVID-19 national languages channel.

New courses and languages for COVID-19

New courses launched

We are pleased to announce the following COVID-19 courses which have has recently become available on OpenWHO:

  • Course 1: Clinical management of patients with COVID-19 - General considerations: The Clinical Management of Patients with COVID-19 course series is developed for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course provides crucial knowledge necessary to provide safe, effective quality patient care. This is the first in what will be a series of six courses. This course covers general considerations and gives background on the pandemic and discusses facility operations and preparation, referral systems and interfacility transfer, infection prevention and control, and the role for palliative care for patients. It also includes discussion of the ethical issues arising during COVID-19 care, including the principles of allocating critical care resources. Overall, this course addresses COVID-19 pandemic preparedness, at all levels of healthcare provision.

New translations

The following 7 translations for COVID-19 have been launched this month:

  • Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19 in Macedonian and Portuguese
  • Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT in Polish and Sinhala
  • Long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19 in Dutch and Indonesian
  • IPC for COVID-19 in Sinhala

All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language.

Updates to course content

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

  • WHO COVID-19 mass gatherings risk assessment training

Updates continue to progress for the following materials. We thank you for your patience and will notify you once the updates have been finalized:

  • A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 140 courses for COVID-19 spread across 42 languages and 19 topics. In summary, OpenWHO currently offers courses covering the following topics and languages to support the response to COVID-19:

  • A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Amharic, Bengali, Dari, German, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indian Sign Language, Indonesian, Kurdish, Macedonian, Marathi, Oriya, Oromo, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Serbian, Somali, Swahili, Tetum, Turkish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Yoruba and Zulu)

  • Clinical care SARI (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Tetum and Vietnamese)

  • Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Bengali, Indonesian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Sinhala, Tetum and Vietnamese)

  • IPC for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Bengali, Dutch, Farsi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Sinhala, Somali, Tetum, Turkish and Vietnamese)

  • COVID-19 operational planning guidelines and partners platform to support country preparedness and response (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian and Portuguese)

  • SARI treatment facility design (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tetum, and Vietnamese)

  • An introduction to Go.Data (available in English, Spanish and Mongolian)

  • How to put on and remove PPE for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Dutch, Macedonian, Portuguese, Somali, Tetum, Thai and Turkish)

  • Standard precautions for hand hygiene (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Somali and Turkish)

  • Standard precautions for waste management (available in English)

  • Decontamination and sterilization of medical devices (available in English)

  • Standard precautions for environmental cleaning and disinfection (available in English and Tetum)

  • Standard precautions for injection safety and needle-stick injury management (available in English)

  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) core components and multimodal strategies (available English)

  • Basic microbiology (available in English)

  • WHO COVID-19 Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment Training (available in English)

  • Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19 (available English, Macedonian and Portuguese)

  • Long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19 (available in English, Dutch, and Indonesian)

  • Course 1: Clinical management of patients with COVID-19 - General considerations (available in English)

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


Monthly newsletter

You can access the most recent newsletter here. Please note that currently the newsletter is available in English only, but the newsletter highlights can be accessed in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Updated materials for Ebola response

The OpenWHO team has been updating its Ebola courses in response to the latest outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The course "Introduction to Ebola" in Lingala has now been updated to reflect the latest technical guidance from WHO. All other languages versions of the course are currently up to date.

Healthy Ageing - Second course launched in September

We are pleased to announce that the Healthy Ageing for Impact in the 21st Century: Global Online Leaders Training kicked off a second run on the OpenWHO platform on 14 September and will continue through December.

In the 21st century, demographic shifts are making a significant impact on the structure of populations, bringing forth the phenomenon of an ageing population.

This programme will equip participants with the skills and competencies needed to work in the area of ageing, enabling participants to become the change agents that are needed to generate and drive action for the Decade of Healthy Ageing. If you are interested in participating in future rounds of the course, please visit the registration page and sign up using your professional email address.

Incident Management System (IMS) Tier 1 now available in new languages

To enhance the WHO Health Emergencies Programme's (WHE) deployment and response capability, WHE proposed the development of a series of training packages to build staff competencies, skills and knowledge. IMS Tier 1 covers the mandatory minimum package that all personnel being deployed on a WHO health emergency response must complete. This course recently became available in Russian. It is also available in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

New courses and languages for COVID-19

New courses launched

We are pleased to announce the following COVID-19 course which has recently become available on OpenWHO:

  • Long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19: The COVID-19 pandemic affects older people disproportionately, especially those living in long-term care facilities (LTCF) with significant impact on mortality and morbidity. Concerted action is needed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 by enhancing infection prevention and control (IPC) measures within LTCF. The COVID-19 IPC course for LTCF consists of 4 training modules to be used in conjunction with the LTCF communication toolkit and preparedness checklist. This package is tailored for LTCF and based on WHO's in-depth technical guidance on IPC.

New translations

The following 5 translations for COVID-19 have been launched this month:

  • Standard precautions for hand hygiene in Turkish
  • A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses in Marathi
  • How to put on and remove PPE for COVID-19 in Turkish
  • Standard precautions: Environmental cleaning and disinfection in Tetum
  • Introduction to Go.Data in Mongolian

All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language.

Videos now available

Videos have recently been added to the following:

  • Introduction to COVID-19 and how to wear fabric and medical masks: videos in Indian Sign Language. You can find the How to wear a medical mask and How to wear a fabric mask videos under module 3.

Updates to course content

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

  • IPC for COVID-19 in Serbian. All other language versions are up to date.

Updates continue to progress for the following materials. We thank you for your patience and will notify you once the updates have been finalised:

  • Clinical Management of COVID-19
  • WHO COVID-19 mass gatherings risk assessment training

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 132 courses for COVID-19 spread across 41 languages and 18 topics. In summary, OpenWHO currently offers courses covering the following topics and languages to support the response to COVID-19:

  • A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Amharic, Bengali, Dari, German, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indian Sign Language, Indonesian, Kurdish, Macedonian, Marathi, Oriya, Oromo, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Serbian, Somali, Swahili, Tetum, Turkish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Yoruba and Zulu)

  • Clinical care SARI (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Tetum and Vietnamese)

  • Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Bengali, Indonesian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Tetum and Vietnamese)

  • IPC for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Bengali, Dutch, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Somali, Tetum, Turkish and Vietnamese)

  • COVID-19 operational planning guidelines and partners platform to support country preparedness and response (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian and Portuguese)

  • SARI treatment facility design (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tetum, and Vietnamese)

  • An introduction to Go.Data (available in English, Spanish and Mongolian)

  • How to put on and remove PPE for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Dutch, Macedonian, Portuguese, Somali, Tetum, Thai and Turkish)

  • Standard precautions for hand hygiene (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Somali and Turkish)

  • Standard precautions for waste management (available in English)

  • Decontamination and sterilization of medical devices (available in English)

  • Standard precautions for environmental cleaning and disinfection (available in English and Tetum)

  • Standard precautions for injection safety and needle-stick injury management (available in English)

  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) core components and multimodal strategies (available English)

  • Basic microbiology (available in English)

  • WHO COVID-19 Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment Training (available in English)

  • Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19 (available English)

  • Long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19 (available in English)

NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership: Call for applications

The School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong (HKU SPH) and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM) have partnered to offer a two-year training aimed at early to mid-career scholars from all over the world, with particular attention paid to scholars from the Asia-Pacific region. The NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership will initially run for three years, with one Fellow to be selected each year. The closing date for applications for the 2021/22 cohort is 30 November 2020. Please visit the HKU SPH website for further information: https://sph.hku.hk/en/nam-hkufellows

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

New courses and languages on OpenWHO this month


Monthly newsletter

You can access the most recent newsletter here. Please note that currently the newsletter is available in English only, but the newsletter highlights can be accessed in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The FAQ page has recently been made available in Chinese. It is also available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and can be found here.

New Certificates tab

The Certificates tab is now available and can be found in each course's navigation toolbar. The Certificates tab allows you to download the certificates you have achieved in the course. It also features a link to the Certificates Guidelines page, which provides information about the types of certificates available on OpenWHO and how to become eligible for one. The Certificates Guidelines page is available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, with Chinese coming soon. It can also be found here.

New courses

We are pleased to announce the following course which has recently become available on OpenWHO:

  • Migration and Health: Enhancing Intercultural Competence and Diversity Sensitivity: Access to responsive, people-centred health systems is essential to ensure appropriate health care for refugees and migrants throughout the process of migration and settlement. Focusing on intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity, this course contributes to a broader WHO strategy to develop an evidence-based response to the public health needs of refugees and migrants.

New courses and languages for COVID-19

New courses launched for COVID-19

  • Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19: 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 covers four areas in response to these needs: infectious risks to health and safety, physical risks to health and safety, psychosocial risks to health and safety and basic occupational health and safety in health services.

New translations

The following 9 translations for COVID-19 have been launched this month:

  • Standard precautions for hand hygiene in Somali
  • A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses in Pashto
  • Clinical care SARI in Tetum
  • IPC for COVID-19 in Bengali, Persian and Somali
  • How to put on and remove PPE for COVID-19 in Somali
  • SARI treatment facility design in Tetum and Vietnamese

All courses for COVID-19 can be accessed here. You can use the toolbar to filter courses by language.

Videos now available

Videos have recently been added to the following:

  • Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT in English. You can find the How to wear a medical mask and How to wear a fabric mask videos under modules 4 and 5 respectively.
  • WHO COVID-19 mass gatherings risk assessment training in English. Please note: The materials used in this course are currently being revised to reflect updates to the technical content. All course participants will be notified once these updates have been made.

Updates to course content

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

  • IPC for COVID-19 in Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Vietnamese. Serbian to follow.
  • A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses in Persian. All other language versions are up to date.

Updates continue to progress for the following materials. We thank you for your patience and will notify you once the updates have been finalised:

  • Clinical Management of COVID-19
  • WHO COVID-19 mass gatherings risk assessment training

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

We are pleased to announce that OpenWHO now has 126 courses for COVID-19 spread across 39 languages and 17 topics. In summary, OpenWHO currently offers courses covering the following topics and languages to support the response to COVID-19:

  • A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Amharic, Bengali, Dari, German, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indian Sign Language, Indonesian, Kurdish, Macedonian, Oriya, Oromo, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Serbian, Somali, Swahili, Tetum, Turkish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Yoruba and Zulu)
  • Clinical care SARI (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Tetum and Vietnamese)
  • Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Bengali, Indonesian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Tetum and Vietnamese)
  • IPC for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Bengali, Dutch, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Somali, Tetum, Turkish and Vietnamese)
  • COVID-19 operational planning guidelines and partners platform to support country preparedness and response (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian and Portuguese)
  • SARI treatment facility design (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tetum and Vietnamese)
  • An introduction to Go.Data (available in English and Spanish)
  • How to put on and remove PPE for COVID-19 (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Albanian, Dutch, Macedonian, Portuguese, Somali, Tetum and Thai)
  • Standard precautions for hand hygiene (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Somali)
  • Standard precautions for waste management (available in English)
  • Decontamination and sterilization of medical devices (available in English)
  • Standard precautions for environmental cleaning and disinfection (available in English)
  • Standard precautions for injection safety and needle-stick injury management (available in English)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) core components and multimodal strategies (available in English)
  • WHO COVID-19 mass gatherings risk assessment training (available in English)
  • Basic microbiology (available in English)
  • Occupational health and safety for health workers in the context of COVID-19 (available in English)

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

World Mask Week — How to safely wear a mask in the context of COVID-19


In recognition of World Mask Week, which runs from 7 to 14 August, the OpenWHO team would like to highlight its courses that illustrate how to safely wear a mask in the context of COVID-19.

The course Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT in English features video demonstrations that show how to put on and take off medical (Module 4) or fabric masks (Module 5). Those who prefer to access the videos in Indian Sign Language may do so here (Modules 2 and 3).

Masks alone will not stop the virus — we must do it all:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin
  • Keep physical distance
  • Clean your hands
  • Keep away from big crowds
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing

Last week, the Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced the #WearAMask challenge, which encourages the public to take a photo or a video of themselves wearing a mask, share it on social media and nominate friends to do the same. Dr Tedros noted "As well as being one of the key tools to stop the virus, the mask has come to represent solidarity...By wearing a mask, you’re sending a powerful message to those around you that we are all in this together."

本月OpenWHO新的课程和语言


月刊

2020年6月份月刊已发布。您可点击这里浏览。请注意,该月刊目前只有英文版本,但是月刊重点摘要有中文、法语、葡萄牙语、俄语和西班牙语可供查阅。

常见问题 (FAQ)

以下语言版本的FAQ页面已上线:英文、法语、葡萄牙语,可以从这里进入。 中文版本随后发布

频道描述

现在,每一个频道都会有一个简短的频道描述,中文、英文、法语、葡萄牙语、俄语和西班牙语均已上线。频道可通过点击OpenWHO主页上方的下拉菜单中的“频道”进入,位于“主页“和”课程“按钮中间。

##新的COVID-19相关课程和语言

新课程上线

我们很高兴的宣布,以下COVID-19相关课程最近在OpenWHO上线了:

  • 感染防控 (IPC)核心组成和多模态战略 : 在这门介绍性课程里,您将学习到有效的IPC项目的必要组成部分, 包括在国家及机构层面实施IPC所用的多模态战略,该战略是基于科学证据以及世卫组织和其他国际专家的建议。
  • 世卫组织对于COVID-19 大型集会 的风险评估培训: 该课程的目的是为卫生权威机构和组织提供在COVID19大流行的背景下,关于大型集会的相关指导,以期能遏制住与感染传播相关的相关风险。
  • 基础微生物学: 在这门课程里,您将了解到致病微生物--我们称之为病原体是如何分类、识别和传播的。您将了解到基本的微生物学原理、基础实验室诊断以及微生物传播和致病的机制。

新的翻译版本

以下关于COVID-19课程 10 的翻译版本于本月上线:

所有COVID-19相关课程都可以从这里获取。您可使用工具栏通过语言来筛选课程。

新视频上线

最新添加的视频课程:

  • 支持国家整备与响应的COVID-19执行计划指南和合作伙伴平台:阿拉伯语
  • 呼吸道疾病的卫生安全通报—ePROTECT :阿拉伯语和西班牙语
  • 如何佩戴纺布及医用口罩:印度手语

课程内容更新

以下课程进行了更新,以反映技术内容的最新进展:

  • COVID-19感染防控 :阿拉伯语、法语、俄语、印度尼西亚语、马其顿语、葡萄牙语和土耳其语。另外,该课程英文版的视频已根据最新的幻灯片进行了更新。 孟加拉语和塞尔维亚语即将上线。所有其它语言版本目前正在更新。
  • 对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍:乌尔都语。波斯语随后上线。所有其它语言版本目前正在更新。

以下课程正在更新中。感谢您的耐心,一旦更新完成,我们将会及时告知:

  • COVID-19临床管理

COVID-19学习资料完整列表

我们很高兴的宣布,OpenWHO 平台上现有116门 COVID-19相关课程,跨越38种语言,分为16个课题。总体而言,OpenWHO目前提供覆盖以下话题和语言的课程,用以支持对COVID-19的响应:

  • 对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍(已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、阿姆哈拉语、孟加拉语、 达利语、德语、豪萨语、印地语、匈牙利语、依博语、印度手语、印度尼西亚语、、库尔德语、马其顿语、奥里亚语、奥罗莫语、波斯语、葡萄牙语、旁遮普语、塞尔维亚语、索马里语、斯瓦希里语、德顿语、土耳其语、越南语、乌尔都语、约鲁巴语和祖鲁语)。

  • SARI临床护理 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、印度尼西亚语、马其顿语、葡萄牙语和越南语)

  • 呼吸道疾病的卫生安全通报—ePROTECT (已上线语言包括 阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、阿尔巴尼亚语、孟加拉语、马其顿语、 印度尼西亚语、葡萄牙语、德顿语和越南语)

  • COVID-19感染防控 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、荷兰语、印度尼西亚语、意大利语、日语、马其顿语、波兰语、葡萄牙语、塞尔维亚语、德顿语、土耳其语和越南语)

  • 支持国家整备与响应的COVID-19执行计划指南和合作伙伴平台 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、印度尼西亚语和葡萄牙语)

  • SARI治疗机构设计 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、英语、法语、俄语、印度尼西亚语、意大利语、葡萄牙语和西班牙语)

  • Go.Data简介(已上线语言包括 英语和西班牙语 )

  • 如何穿脱COVID-19所用的个人防护装备(已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、 法语、俄语、 西班牙语、阿尔巴尼亚语、荷兰语、马其顿语、葡萄牙语、德顿语和泰语)

  • 手卫生的标准预防措施(已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、荷兰语和葡萄牙语)

  • 废弃物管理的标准预防措施 (已上线语言包括英语)

  • 医疗器械的消毒和灭菌(已上线语言包括英语)

  • 标准预防措施:环境清洁与消毒(已上线语言包括英语)

  • 标准预防措施:注射安全以及针刺伤管理 (英语)

  • 感染防控 (IPC)核心组成和多模态战略 (英语)

  • 世卫组织对于COVID-19 大型集会 的风险评估培训(英语)

  • 基础微生物学 (英语)

祝您安好,

OpenWHO团队

本月新的COVID-19相关课程和语言


##月刊

2020年6月份月刊已发布。您可点击这里浏览。请注意,该月刊目前只有英文版本,但是月刊重点摘要有中文、法语、葡萄牙语、俄语和西班牙语可供查阅。

##关于埃博拉响应的更新材料

OpenWHO致力于更新埃博拉课程,并使其在最近于刚果民主共和国爆发的响应中变得更加可及。一系列的介绍课程包括英语、法语、林加拉语和斯瓦希里语,该课程目前正由WHO的技术专家进行更新,以反映最新的指南要求。这些模块在曾在埃博拉知识资源包上线。其它资源也以单独课程的形式陆续上线,旨在提高知识的可及性。这些课程包括法语的埃博拉Go 2.0培训课程,以及斯瓦希里语的埃博拉临床管理课程。

请注意,以下部分仅有英文版本。此后该文本将会有中文版本。

Extended deadline – WHO Academy learning strategy process: a call for ideas

The World Health Organization invites you to contribute your Big Idea to shape the future of training and learning in achieving better health for all. The submission form is available in English, French and Spanish. Just click on the relevant link below, select your language at the top of the page and submit your idea or approach in 500 words or less. Deadline for submissions extended until 10 July.

Share your Big Idea here.

##OpenWHO个人页面关于职业隶属的新选项

OpenWHO用户现在可以在其个人主页的“您所属的职业团体是什么?”问题之下选择“医学健康专业人士,诸如临床医生、护士、助产师或者药剂师“。请注意,如适用,您可返回您的主页修改目前的选项。

##新的COVID-19相关课程和语言

在过去的一周,OpenWHO平台上线了第100个COVID-19相关课程。这第100门课程(新发呼吸道病毒—包括新型冠状病毒:检测、预防、应对和控制,约鲁巴语)于6月26日上线,距离我们平台第一个COVID-19课程上线恰好相隔整整五个月。

新课程上线

我们很高兴的宣布,以下COVID-19相关课程最近在OpenWHO上线了:

  • 标准预防措施:注射安全以及针刺伤管理:在这门课程中,您将学习关于非安全注射操作的原因,以及如何安全处置注射针以及其它利器。您也将学习如何应对针刺伤,如何管理潜在的暴露,以及如何保护自己、和机构内、社区里的其他工作人员和病人。

新的翻译版本

以下12门关于COVID-19的课程于本月上线:

所有COVID-19相关课程都可以从这里获取。您可使用工具栏通过语言来筛选课程。

新证书上线

现在,学习者如果完成了100%的COVID-19介绍视频课程(印度手语课)的全部课程材料,则可获得参与证明。

另外,以下课程的测试规则有所改变,参与者可以不限次数的参与测试。

  • 手卫生的标准预防措施
  • 废弃物管理的标准预防措施
  • 医疗器械的消毒和灭菌
  • 标准预防措施:环境清洁与消毒

新视频上线

最新添加的视频课程:

  • 对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍(中文)
  • SARI治疗机构设计(阿拉伯语)

课程内容更新

以下课程进行了更新,以反映技术内容的最新进展:

  • 对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍的模块B1、B2和D:法语和葡萄牙语。波斯语和乌尔都语很快上线。其他语言版本已于五月更新。
  • COVID-19感染防控: 英语。所有的翻译紧随其后。

以下课程正在更新中。感谢您的耐心,一旦更新完成,我们将会及时告知:

  • SARI临床护理

COVID-19学习资料完整列表

我们很高兴的宣布,OpenWHO 平台上现有103门 COVID-19相关课程,跨越34种语言,分为13个课题。总体而言,OpenWHO目前提供覆盖以下话题和语言的课程,用以支持对COVID-19的响应:

  • 对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍(已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、阿姆哈拉语、孟加拉语、 德语、豪萨语、印地语、匈牙利语、依博语、印度手语、印度尼西亚语、马其顿语、奥里亚语、波斯语、葡萄牙语、旁遮普语、塞尔维亚语、斯瓦希里语、德顿语、土耳其语、越南语、乌尔都语、约鲁巴语和祖鲁语);
  • SARI临床护理 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、印度尼西亚语、马其顿语、葡萄牙语和越南语);
  • 呼吸道疾病的卫生安全通报—ePROTECT (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、阿尔巴尼亚语、孟加拉语、马其顿语、 印度尼西亚语、葡萄牙语、德顿语和越南语);
  • COVID-19感染防控 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、印度尼西亚语、意大利语、日语、马其顿语、波兰语、葡萄牙语、塞尔维亚语、土耳其语和越南语);
  • 支持国家整备与响应的COVID-19执行计划指南和合作伙伴平台 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、印度尼西亚语和葡萄牙语);
  • SARI治疗机构设计 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、英语、法语、俄语、印度尼西亚语、意大利语、葡萄牙语和西班牙语);
  • Go.Data简介(已上线语言包括英语和西班牙语);
  • 如何穿脱COVID-19所用的个人防护装备(已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、 法语、 西班牙语、阿尔巴尼亚语、荷兰语、马其顿语、葡萄牙语、德顿语和泰语);
  • 手卫生的标准预防措施(阿拉伯语、英语、法语、俄语和葡萄牙语);
  • 废弃物管理的标准预防措施 (英语已上线);
  • 医疗器械的消毒和灭菌(英语已上线);
  • 标准预防措施:环境清洁与消毒(英语已上线);以及
  • 标准预防措施:注射安全以及针刺伤管理(英语已上线)。

祝您安好,

OpenWHO团队

100th COVID-19 course launched on OpenWHO!


OpenWHO launched its 100th course to support the response to coronavirus disease on 26 June, exactly 5 months after launching its first COVID-19 course.

This milestone course provides an introduction to COVID-19 in Yoruba. The introductory course is also under development in Punjabi, Zulu, Igbo, Somali and Oromo.

OpenWHO knows from experience and research that people prefer information in their own language. That's why the free learning platform has prioritized the translation of COVID-19 courses not only into the 6 official UN languages, but also into diverse national languages spoken across the globe, to help localize the response.

In total, OpenWHO offers courses on 13 different COVID-19 topics across 31 languages. The platform has nearly 3.7 million course enrolments, with new users joining every day.

Spotlight on IPC course series


OpenWHO hosts a growing series of courses addressing infection prevention and control (IPC) topics on the platform’s COVID-19 learning channel.

The WHO IPC team partnered with OpenWHO to adapt existing learning materials for the OpenWHO platform to reach a broader audience, strengthening IPC in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An injection safety course was launched 23 June. Other courses cover hand hygiene (now in 4 languages), waste management, decontamination of medical devices and environmental cleaning.

There are 305 000 total course enrolments in the series and 169 000 certificates have been issued. The next course will focus on IPC core components and multimodal strategies.

OpenWHO also hosts courses tailored specifically to the COVID-19 response that provide an overview of IPC and explain how to put on and remove personal protective equipment.

本月新的COVID-19相关课程和语言


请注意,该公告第一部分仅有英文版本。以下文本有 中文。

WHO Academy learning strategy process: a call for ideas

The World Health Organization invites you to contribute your Big Idea to shape the future of training and learning in achieving better health for all.

The submission form is available in English, French and Spanish. Just click on the relevant link below, select your language at the top of the page and submit your idea or approach in 500 words or less. Deadline for submissions extended until 30 June.

Share your Big Idea here.

现在可供卫生工作者使用:世卫组织学院的COVID-19移动学习应用程序

世卫组织学院的移动学习应用程序是专门为卫生工作者开发的,旨在使他们能够扩大自己的救援技能,以抗战COVID-19。 该应用程序由世界卫生组织开发,提供关于COVID-19丰富的知识资源,拥有阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、葡萄牙语、俄语和西班牙语,包括最新的指导、工具、培训和虚拟研讨会,以支持卫生工作者照顾受影响的病人以及在危险的工作中保护自己。

可以通过链接直接到苹果软件商店找到该应用程序 https://apps.apple.com/us/app/who-academy/id1506019873?ls=1 或者谷歌Play商店 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.who.WHOA 或者在商店里搜索“WHO Academy”。

新的COVID-19相关课程和语言

我们很高兴的宣布,以下两门新课程最近在OpenWHO上线了:

  • 医疗器械的消毒和灭菌: 灭菌和消毒过程非常复杂,需要一些特定的基础设施、设备和过程工艺。这门课程将通过两部分,介绍管理医疗器械消毒和灭菌的总体过程。
  • 标准预防措施:环境清洁与消毒: 通过这门开,您将了解到作为感染防控专家在环境清洁中的角色,以及清洁与消毒如何可以防止卫生保健环境中的污染。

COVID-19相关的新翻译

以下10门关于COVID-19的课程最近已上线:

所有COVID-19相关课程都可以从这里获取。您可使用工具栏通过语言来筛选课程。

新证书上线

现在,学习者如果在以下课程的测试中得到80%或者以上的分数,则可获得成绩记录证明:

  • 呼吸道疾病的卫生安全通报—ePROTECT:俄语、西班牙语和孟加拉语
  • 对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍:孟加拉语、波斯语

以下视频上线

以下课程已增添课程视频:

  • 国家整顿与响应:法语
  • SARI治疗机构设计:意大利语、葡萄牙语

课程内容更新

以下课程进行了更新,以反映技术内容的最新进展:

  • 对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍的模块B1、B2和D:阿拉伯语、中文、英语、西班牙语、阿姆哈拉语、孟加拉语、印地语、匈牙利语、印度尼西亚语、马其顿语、奥里亚语、塞尔维亚语、斯瓦希里语、土耳其语、越南语。法语、豪萨语、波斯语、葡萄牙语、乌尔都语紧随其后
  • COVID-19感染防控: 英语。所有的翻译紧随其后

视频更新: 解释COVID-19 (2020年6月)

点击此处观看最新的关于COVID-19的介绍视频。

COVID-19学习资料完整列表

我们很高兴的宣布,OpenWHO 平台上现有90门 COVID-19相关课程,跨越29种语言,分为12个课题。总体而言,OpenWHO目前提供覆盖以下话题和语言的课程,用以支持对COVID-19的响应:

  • 对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍(已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、阿姆哈拉语、孟加拉语、 德语、豪萨语、印地语、匈牙利语、印度手语、印度尼西亚语、马其顿语、奥里亚语、波斯语、葡萄牙语、塞尔维亚语、斯瓦希里语、德顿语、土耳其语、越南语和乌尔都语);
  • SARI临床护理 (已上线语言包括英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、印度尼西亚语、马其顿语、葡萄牙语和越南语);
  • 呼吸道疾病的卫生安全通报—ePROTECT (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、阿尔巴尼亚语、孟加拉语、马其顿语、 印度尼西亚语、葡萄牙语和越南语);
  • COVID-19感染防控 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、印度尼西亚语、意大利语、日语、马其顿语、波兰语、葡萄牙语、塞尔维亚语、土耳其语和越南语);
  • 支持国家整备与响应的COVID-19执行计划指南和合作伙伴平台 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、俄语、西班牙语、印度尼西亚语和葡萄牙语);
  • SARI治疗机构设计 (已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、英语、法语、俄语、印度尼西亚语、意大利语、葡萄牙语和西班牙语);
  • Go.Data简介(已上线语言包括英语和西班牙语);
  • 如何穿脱COVID-19所用的个人防护装备(已上线语言包括阿拉伯语、英语、 法语、 阿尔巴尼亚语、马其顿语、葡萄牙语和泰语);
  • 手卫生的标准预防措施(英语、法语和葡萄牙语);
  • 废弃物管理的标准预防措施 (英语已上线,其它语言准备中);
  • 医疗器械的消毒和灭菌(英语已上线,其它语言准备中);以及
  • 标准预防措施:环境清洁与消毒(英语已上线,其它语言准备中)。

月刊

OpenWHO的2020年5月份月刊已发布。 您可通过此处获取。

祝您安好, OpenWHO团队

WHO Academy learning strategy process: a call for ideas


The World Health Organization invites you to contribute your Big Idea to shape the future of training and learning in achieving better health for all.

The WHO Academy, a lifelong learning centre scheduled to launch next year, is working to scale up learning for impact through digital and face-to-face courses, reaching millions of health workers and others worldwide through the latest technologies and advancements in learning science.

As a key part of this effort, we are working with experts and practitioners to develop a global learning strategy that will shape the future of WHO’s approach to training and learning for achieving health goals and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of a broader consultation process with experts in health, learning and education, and digital technologies, we would now like to invite everyone with an interest in this topic to join in this endeavor by contributing their ideas to the WHO’s learning strategy.

Accordingly, we have established a Call for Ideas so that anyone can share their Big Idea on how to enhance the quality and impact of training and lifelong learning approaches in health.

The submission form is available in English, French and Spanish. Just click on the relevant link below, select your language at the top of the page and submit your idea or approach in 500 words or less.

Share your Big Idea here.

We will use the responses we receive to develop WHO’s global learning strategy to ensure that all who are involved in the world’s health and social-care systems have ample opportunities to strengthen the competencies they need to save lives and improve health outcomes in their communities.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 10 July.

现在可供卫生工作者使用:世卫组织学院的COVID-19移动学习应用程序


世卫组织学院的移动学习应用程序是专门为卫生工作者开发的,旨在使他们能够扩大自己的救援技能,以抗战COVID-19。 该应用程序由世界卫生组织开发,提供关于COVID-19丰富的知识资源,拥有阿拉伯语、中文、英语、法语、葡萄牙语、俄语和西班牙语,包括最新的指导、工具、培训和虚拟研讨会,以支持卫生工作者照顾受影响的病人以及在危险的工作中保护自己。

可以通过链接直接到苹果软件商店找到该应用程序 (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/who-academy/id1506019873?ls=1) 或者谷歌Play商店 (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.who.WHOA) 或者在商店里搜索“WHO Academy”。

新课程和语言上线


以下COVID-19相关资料于本周上线了:

新证书上线

现在,学习者如果在以下课程的测试中得到80%或者以上的分数,则可获得成绩记录证明:

以下视频上线

国家整顿与响应的教学视频已上线俄语其他语言准备中

课程内容更新

请注意,以下课程目前正在进行更新,以反映技术内容的最新进展。一旦更新完毕,您将收到通知:

  • COVID-19感染防控
  • SARI临床护理

另外,《对于新发呼吸道病毒,包括新型冠状病毒的一般性介绍》的模块B1、B2和D最近也进行了更新,更新内容正在进行各语言版本同步更新。该进展也会及时通知到您。

COVID-19学习资料完整列表

我们很高兴的宣布,OpenWHO 平台上现有78门 COVID-19相关课程,跨越26种语言。总体而言,OpenWHO目前提供覆盖以下话题和语言的课程,用以支持对COVID-19的响应:

请注意,以下文本仅提供英文版本。提交表单有英文、法语和西班牙语可供选择。

WHO Academy learning strategy process: a call for ideas

The World Health Organization invites you to contribute your Big Idea to shape the future of training and learning in achieving better health for all.

The WHO Academy, a lifelong learning centre scheduled to launch next year, is working to scale up learning for impact through digital and face-to-face courses, reaching millions of health workers and others worldwide through the latest technologies and advancements in learning science.

As a key part of this effort, we are working with experts and practitioners to develop a global learning strategy that will shape the future of WHO’s approach to training and learning for achieving health goals and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of a broader consultation process with experts in health, learning and education, and digital technologies, we would now like to invite everyone with an interest in this topic to join in this endeavor by contributing their ideas to the WHO’s learning strategy.

Accordingly, we have established a Call for Ideas so that anyone can share their Big Idea on how to enhance the quality and impact of training and lifelong learning approaches in health.

The submission form is available in English, French and Spanish. Just click on the relevant link below, select your language at the top of the page and submit your idea or approach in 500 words or less.

Share your Big Idea here.

We will use the responses we receive to develop WHO’s global learning strategy to ensure that all who are involved in the world’s health and social-care systems have ample opportunities to strengthen the competencies they need to save lives and improve health outcomes in their communities.

The closing date for the first round of ideas is 8th June 2020.

祝您安好,

OpenWHO团队

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?


In February, OpenWHO released a short animated video that explains 6 ways a person can protect themselves and others from COVID-19:

  1. Wash hands regularly using soap and water or an alcohol rub if hands are not visibly dirty.
  2. Practice respiratory hygiene by covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a flexed elbow or tissue. Throw the tissue into a closed bin afterwards and wash your hands.
  3. Maintain social distancing - at least 1 metre (3 feet).
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. Use masks and personal protective equipment if you are sick, when caring for someone who is sick or in a healthcare setting.
  6. Stay home if you are unwell, but if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care.

You can watch the video and enrol in the eProtect course for respiratory infections here. The course is also available in the following languages: français, Bahasa Indonesia, русский, Português, 中文, Español, العربية and Tiếng Việt.

The complete list of OpenWHO's resources for COVID-19 can be found here.

新课程和语言上线


我们很高兴的宣布,三门新课程最近在OpenWHO平台上线啦:

  • 标准预防措施:废弃物管理:在这门课程里,您将学习到不同的废弃物分类以及废弃物管理过程。 医疗废弃物包括一起由卫生机构、研究机构和试验机构在提供医疗保健服务过程中产生的废弃物。机构中的医疗废弃物应从废弃物产生至丢弃全程执行管理。
  • 烟草制品管制:基本手册:尽管烟草的使用已成为一个主要的公共卫生问题,烟草制品却是市面上随处可见的消费品之一,很多国家在对其成分、释放物和设计等方面缺乏管制。在这项三部分的系列课程里,您首先会回顾烟草制品管制的基本点及其国际指南(1-2节),而后您将了解到评估管制需求及能力,以及管制考虑事项(3-4节),最后,执行及潜在挑战,新型或改造的烟草或相关制品,以及检测与披露(5-7节)。
  • 烟草制品管制:建立实验室检测能力:近年来,卫生当局热衷于通过潜在的烟草制品管制来减少烟草相关的疾病的发病率和死亡率。这门课程提供了实用且步骤清晰的方法,用以执行烟草测试,提高烟草制品管制。此项指南适用国家广泛、适用场合多样,甚至包括资源不足以建立测试机构的情况依然适用。

COVID-19相关资料现有25门语言版本上线

OpenWHO 平台上现有72门 COVID-19相关课程,跨越25种语言。最新的语言包括阿姆哈拉语、豪萨语、奥里亚语和斯瓦希里语。自上周四7号以来,共有9门新的语言版本上线:

COVID-19学习资料完整列表

总体而言,OpenWHO目前提供覆盖以下话题和语言的课程,用以支持对COVID-19的响应:

祝您安好,

OpenWHO团队

WHO ‘No Tobacco’ Unit (TFI) of Health Promotion Department announces launch of courses on tobacco product regulation


The WHO ‘No Tobacco’ Unit (TFI) of the Health Promotion Department is pleased to announce the launch of two online courses on tobacco product regulation on OpenWHO. Tobacco Product Regulation in simple terms, is what goes into the product and what comes out during use, which in technical terms are referred to as the contents (in) and emissions (out) of tobacco products.

Tobacco products kill half of its users, so regulation of these products is of critical importance to reduce the demand for tobacco and protect public health, especially young people.

The online courses provide practical guidance on tobacco product regulation and will be useful to a wide range of audiences, including policymakers, regulators, health authorities, tobacco control advocates, researchers and anyone interested in tobacco product regulation. Further, the courses provide clear guidance on tobacco product regulation in line with Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The teaser video, which elegantly introduces the courses, is available for viewing here.

The courses are based on WHO’s tobacco product regulation handbooks, The Basics of Tobacco Product Regulation and Building Laboratory Testing Capacity and further information on the courses is provided below:

  • Course 1, on the Basics of Tobacco Product Regulation, is a basic reference document for regulators/health authorities in any country and other interested parties seeking to monitor, evaluate and regulate tobacco products. It is delivered by Dr Ghazi Zaatari, Chair of the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation and will take approximately 3 hours to complete.
  • Course 2, on Building Laboratory Testing Capacity, provides practical, stepwise approaches to implementing tobacco testing and comprehensible information on how to test tobacco products, what products to test, and how to use testing data in a meaningful way to support regulation. It also provides a step-by-step guide to developing a testing laboratory, using an existing internal laboratory, contracting an external laboratory, and making use of the available support mechanisms both within WHO and externally. The course is delivered by Dr Nuan Ping Cheah, Chair of the WHO Tobacco Laboratory Network and will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Both courses are a call to countries to prioritize and commit resources to strengthen tobacco regulation capacity. Failure to regulate tobacco products represents a missed opportunity, as tobacco product regulation is a valuable tool that complements other tried and tested tobacco control interventions, as part of a comprehensive tobacco control programme.

A certificate of achievement is issued for each course to those who have completed the materials and earned at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.

We hope you will find these resources useful. Further guidance is available across the three levels of WHO. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information, technical advice or have questions.

OpenWHO expands COVID-19 IPC training while continuing to produce courses on diverse health topics


In its efforts to support the essential work of frontline responders, OpenWHO has published several courses on different Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) topics.

More than a month before the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, OpenWHO launched the introductory course Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control which included a module with IPC guidance. Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection and ePROTECT Respiratory Infections soon followed with more detailed technical guidance. OpenWHO then published a compilation of IPC resources in the course Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). To reach as many learners as possible, OpenWHO translated these course materials into the official UN languages and a range of national languages.

Since the declaration of the pandemic, OpenWHO has continued to provide learners with the most up-to-date WHO IPC guidance through actively revising current courses and adding a video guide on COVID-19: How to put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as two Standard precaution modules on Hand hygiene and Waste management.

In addition to IPC resources, OpenWHO also continues to support training needs on other health topics, offering two new courses on Tobacco product regulation: Basic handbook and Building laboratory testing capacity, as well as on Drug-resistant tuberculosis: how to interpret rapid molecular test results.

With more than 2.5 million course enrolments, OpenWHO strives to expand access to essential WHO guidance in countries around the world.

OpenWHO contributes to COVID-19 research


The Journal of Medical Internet Research published a peer-reviewed article authored by the OpenWHO team: Global Reach of an Online COVID-19 Course in Multiple Languages on OpenWHO in the First Quarter of 2020: Analysis of Platform Use Data.

The aim of the paper was to investigate the geographic reach of different language courses accessed by a worldwide audience seeking information on COVID-19. It concluded that the online resources addressed a worldwide learning need by providing WHO’s technical guidance packaged in simple formats for access and use.

Director-General speech highlights OpenWHO


In a speech on 15 April, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized WHO's commitment to training millions to fight the pandemic using OpenWHO:

"WHO is getting on with the job.

We are continuing to study this virus every moment of every day, we are learning from many countries about what works, and we are sharing that information with the world.

There are more than 1.5 million enrolments in WHO’s online courses through OpenWHO.org, and we will continue to expand this platform to train many more millions so we can fight COVID effectively.

Today we launched a new course for health workers on how to put on and remove personal protective equipment.

Every day we bring together thousands of clinicians, epidemiologists, educators, researchers, lab technicians, infection prevention specialists and others to exchange knowledge on COVID-19."

新课程和语言上线


我们很高兴的宣布,三门课程最近在OpenWHO平台上线啦:

COVID-19相关资料更多语言版本上线

我们的平台上目前共有61门 COVID-19相关课程,跨越21种语言。最新的语言包括孟加拉语、波兰语和乌尔都语,还有很多语言仍在准备中。最新的翻译版本包括:

新证书上线

现在,学习者如果在以下课程的测试中得到80%或者以上的分数,则可获得成绩记录证明:

COVID-19学习资料完整列表:

总体而言,OpenWHO目前提供覆盖以下话题和语言的课程,用以支持对COVID-19的响应:

祝您安好,

OpenWHO团队

Drug-resistant tuberculosis: how to interpret rapid molecular test results


We are pleased to announce that a new free course on the interpretation of results of selected WHO-endorsed rapid molecular tests for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) is available on OpenWHO. You can access the course through the following link: https://openwho.org/courses/multi-drug-resistant-tb.

Addressing DR-TB is a global priority to accelerate progress towards the elimination of TB. In many countries, patients with DR-TB are either not diagnosed at all or receive a delayed diagnosis, leading to further spread and increased severity of the disease. WHO-endorsed molecular techniques should be adopted more widely to improve DR-TB detection and should be complemented with phenotypic alternatives where necessary.

By the end of this course, which provides a unique combination of practical guidance and expert advice, participants should have improved their ability to interpret results for selected WHO-recommended rapid molecular tests for the diagnosis of DR-TB in line with the latest WHO guidelines.

The course consists of four modules, which last approximately two hours, and accompanying materials, which are expected to require three hours. Participants who answer at least 80% of the online test questions correctly will receive a certificate of participation.

Hoping to count you among the participants, the OpenWHO team wishes you a successful training

Responding to COVID-19: New courses and languages available


OpenWHO is pleased to share 3 brand new courses that were recently launched to support the response to COVID-19:

  • Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) Treatment Facility Design: This training package has been developed to meet the operational needs emerging with the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a thorough understanding of the principles driving the design process of COVID-19 screening areas for health care facilities, community facilities and SARI treatment centres, including how to repurpose an existing building into a SARI treatment centre. (Also available in Arabic and Portuguese)
  • Introduction to Go.Data – Field data collection, chains of transmission and contact follow-up: Go.Data is a field data collection platform focusing on case data (including lab, hospitalization and other variables though case investigation form) and contact data (including contact follow-up). This briefing package provides an orientation to the purpose, benefits and utilization of Go.Data, consisting of 7 modules with a narrated walkthrough of the key features of the Go.Data web-based platform and mobile application.
  • COVID-19: How to put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE): This is a guide for health care workers involved in patient care activities in a health care setting. It aims to show the type of personal protective equipment or PPE needed to correctly protect oneself.

More languages available

In addition to the new courses, OpenWHO is continuing to work with WHO regional and country offices, educational entities and volunteers to produce COVID-19 resources in as many languages as possible to help localize the response.

The platform now has a total of 52 resources for COVID-19 spread across 18 languages, with many more in the pipeline. The most recent translations include:

New certificates available

Many of the COVID-19 courses are now offering a Confirmation of Participation for participants who complete the specified amount of course material: ePROTECT Respiratory Infections, IPC for COVID-19, Clinical Care SARI, SARI Treatment Facility Design and Introduction to Go.Data.

In addition, the introductory COVID-19 course and the country preparedness and response course now offer a Record of Achievement for participants who score 80% or higher on course assessments.

Complete list of COVID-19 learning resources

In summary, OpenWHO currently offers courses covering the following topics and languages to support the response to COVID-19:

Best wishes,

OpenWHO team

New national languages channel


Everyone has the right to access life-saving knowledge and OpenWHO is continuing to work with partners to make its resources available in as many languages as possible. In March, the platform launched a new learning channel for COVID-19 courses in national languages, in addition to its channel for courses in the 6 official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). 

Courses on the national languages channel are the product of collaboration with WHO Country Offices, public health institutes and educational entities who have offered voluntary translation support to help localize the response efforts. On 23 March, OpenWHO launched its introductory COVID-19 video in Indian sign language, which is the first sign language resource on the platform. The channel also hosts trainings in Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Persian, Portuguese, Serbian, Turkish and Vietnamese, with additional resources added every week.

Enrolments skyrocket in Spanish courses


Spanish has now surpassed English as the most popular language for 2 COVID-19 courses, marking a new milestone for OpenWHO. The surge in enrolments is the product of collaboration with PAHO’s Virtual Campus for Public Health on course translation and dissemination.

The Spanish introductory course to COVID-19 has more than 132 000 enrolments on OpenWHO with another 87 000 enrolments in the same course hosted on the PAHO Virtual Campus. The Spanish Infection Prevention and Control course for COVID-19 has more than 127 000 enrolments with 22 000 more on PAHO’s platform.

In the last week, the ePROTECT health and safety course was also launched in Spanish on OpenWHO and the PAHO Virtual Campus.

OpenWHO launches first sign language resource


The OpenWHO team is proud to share our introductory video on COVID-19 in Indian sign language!

This video is the latest result of collaboration with teams around the globe who have generously offered to translate WHO's COVID-19 learning materials into additional languages to reach as many people as possible. With the addition of Indian sign language, the introductory video is now available in 12 languages – including all six WHO official languages, as well as Hindi, Macedonian, Persian, Portuguese, Serbian and Turkish. The course can be accessed here: https://openwho.org/courses/intro-to-COVID-19-indian-sign-language

Hoping to count you among the participants, we wish you a successful training!

New course materials and languages now available


We are pleased to announce that new courses, new course materials as well as new language versions of courses related to the COVID-19 outbreak have been released on OpenWHO.

In the English course Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control:

  • A new course video has been added to "Module B2: Laboratory Investigations" which can be accessed by navigating to the “Learnings” tab on the course navigation toolbar.

Language versions of this course have been released in:

The course Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection is now available in:

The course Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now available in:

The course ePROTECT Respiratory Infections is now available in:

The course COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response is now available in English, but additional language versions are coming soon in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Russian, Italian.

In the midst of the outbreak, we are also pleased to announce that new materials on other health topics have been published:

  • Introduction to Poliomyelitis and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in English
  • Variole du singe: introduction (Monkeypox: Introduction) in French

Hoping to count you among the participants, we wish you a successful training!

Crowd-sourcing across the globe - COVID-19 courses produced in over a dozen national languages


OpenWHO’s learning resources for COVID-19 have been partially or fully translated into 18 national languages. The spontaneous translation offers have emerged from every continent of the world, with WHO Country Offices, public health institutes and education entities providing translation support, all seeking to provide voluntary support to help localize the response efforts.

More than 180 000 users have accessed the resources on OpenWHO.org, with 55 000 of those accessing the materials in a language other than English.

OpenWHO's introductory COVID-19 course has been translated into more national languages than any other course on the platform. From the original English, the course materials have been fully or partially translated into 15 languages: Full courses are available in all official UN languages (Arabic, French, Russian, Chinese and Spanish) along with Portuguese (Brazilian and European Portuguese), Turkish and Persian. Sections of the learning materials have been translated in Farsi, Italian, Mongolian, Macedonian, Sinhala, Tamil and Vietnamese.

In addition to the above languages, materials for other COVID-19 courses, including "Infection Prevention and Control for COVID-19" and "eProtect: Respiratory Infections" have been launched on the platform in Japanese and Indonesian. Translation of OpenWHO’s COVID-19 materials into Hindi will also be initiated shortly. The fully translated courses have been verified by WHO Country Offices or WHO technical personnel around the world, enforcing the WHO quality.

“Monkeypox: Introduction” now available


We are pleased to announce the online course “Monkeypox: Introduction” is now available on OpenWHO. You can access the course through the following link: https://openwho.org/courses/monkeypox-introduction.

Monkeypox is an emerging infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans from infected animals, most commonly rodents. It can be spread to other people but person-to-person transmission alone cannot easily sustain an outbreak.

The clinical presentation is similar to that seen in the past with smallpox but less severe. Smallpox was eradicated worldwide in 1980; however, monkeypox still occurs sporadically in parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. Typically, case fatality in monkeypox outbreaks has been 1-10% but with appropriate care, most patients will recover.

This course provides a general introduction to monkeypox and is intended for health personnel responsible for prevention and control of monkeypox.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • understand the emergence of monkeypox;
  • describe routes of transmission;
  • list signs and symptoms;
  • clinically identify monkeypox, chickenpox, and measles;
  • describe laboratory specimens and tests; and
  • discuss prevention and control strategies.

The course will take approximately 1 hour to finish.

Hoping to count you among the participants, we wish you a successful training!

Reboot Health & Wellbeing – Keeping Young People Safe


Are you passionate about young people’s health? Do you have innovative ideas & solutions for how to keep them safe?

Then please submit your innovation solutions today to #RebootHealthChallenge!

The World Health Organization (WHO), supported by the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT) and UNAIDS challenge you to address one of the urgent health challenges for the next decade: Reboot Health & Wellbeing – Keeping Young People Safe

Post your ideas today! https://ideas.unite.un.org/reboothealth/Page/Home

Who can participate? Individuals and groups of up to four (4) individuals. No age restrictions.

What do you need to submit?

  • apps or games
  • wearables, digital technologies, tools or platforms, products
  • the creation or improvement of products, services, processes
  • new approaches to collaboration or communication, or new ways of engaging young people and/or other stakeholders
  • policy reform proposals

Submissions are allowed in any of the six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) and must be your original work.

Timeline

  • 4 March 2020: entry into the challenge starts. The whole world is invited to ‘like’ and comment on their favorite ideas as long as the challenge is open.
  • 4 March - 15 April 2020: challenge runs online. Public review and comments enabled.
  • 15 April 2020 at 11:59 PM: deadline for submission of solutions.
  • 15 April 2020 - 22 April 2020: Public review and comments continue.
  • June 2020: Up to three (3) winners are announced on WHO website and invited to an award ceremony at WHO’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as part of a one week program with the Department for Digital Health and Innovation.

Note: Only one (1) submission is allowed per individual or group of individuals. Submissions must be made in your own personal capacity, and not as a representative of an organization. Read terms and conditions and Application Rules.

For any questions, please contact innovation@who.int