What is OpenWHO platform?

OpenWHO is WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders. As many as 250 000 people can use the platform and access emergency courses at any given time - during epidemics, pandemics and other health emergencies.

Who is using OpenWHO platform?

Users include governments, national and international responders as well as WHO’s own staff and experts, partners and practitioners, volunteers and students.

What will I find on OpenWHO platform?

OpenWHO hosts courses about high-threat pathogens for use by health emergency workers. During epidemics, pandemics and other emergencies, OpenWHO contributors will move quickly to add new and updated courses for immediate use. This will help the emergency response and will increase responders’ overall preparedness for future events. In addition to offering online learning, OpenWHO will provide users with technical resources and will host communities where they can practice the skills they have learned.

Why do we need OpenWHO platform?

No single government, agency or team can manage today’s complex epidemics and health emergencies on their own. Emergency response is carried out by local, national and international responders, each of whom has a different background, education and level of knowledge. Recent epidemics have highlighted the need to make quickly available key technical and operational information to thousands of front-line responders. This rapid and complex knowledge transfer requires a modern, agile and easy-to-access platform, well beyond the capacity of conventional websites. OpenWHO aims to address this need: It will transfer the latest and most relevant scientific, technical, and operational knowledge to frontline responders via online courses on the OpenWHO platform.

How will the platform be managed?

The platform is managed by the Interventions and Guidance Team of the WHO Department for Infectious Hazards Management, in the WHO Emergencies Programme. The platform is hosted by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), an external service provider that is affiliated with Potsdam University in Germany.

What is OpenWHO's capacity?

OpenWHO can host an unlimited number of subscribers. This is the unique value of the platform and exceeds what WHO’s website can offer. OpenWHO can host videos, audios, animations, all in multiple languages. Each of its several channels will focus on a major area of public health emergencies.

Will the platform work on mobile devices?

All OpenWHO contents are compatible with mobile devices. It is currently available as an app for Android gadgets and will be soon launched for IOS gadgets.

How can I get more information?

Website: www.openwho.org

Email: WHO Interventions and Guidance Team outbreak.training@who.int

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