UKRAINE | Online courses in Ukrainian support national response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies

15 February 2022


A Ukrainian learning channel was established in 2021 as part of the Serving Countries portal launched on the platform. The main purpose of the learning channel is to provide easy access to up-to-date online learning courses in Ukraine’s national language. Courses have been developed by the WHO Country Office team in Ukraine with the involvement of national medical and public health experts. The Ukrainian learning channel targets health care workers, public health professionals, laboratory experts and other specialists working in different levels of the health systems in Ukraine.

As of February 2022, the Ukrainian channel hosts 11 courses addressing COVID-19 epidemiology, COVID-19 surveillance, infection prevention and control for the COVID-19 outbreak, risk communication and community engagement for the COVID-19 pandemic, and other thematic areas. In total, the Ukrainian courses have more than 2100 enrolments, including 1300 enrolments in the popular COVID-19 epidemiology course.

The initial course produced for the channel was the Ukrainian version of the Introduction to Go.Data – Field data collection, chains of transmission and contact follow-up course. Adaptation of this course was highly important given contact tracing roll-out in the country and WHO support for this work. The course has been piloted by the contact tracing team in 3 regions – Chernivtsi, Odessa and Lviv – where contact tracing for COVID-19 was established leveraging the Go.Data software.

In addition, a national online platform created by the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine has a WHO “corner” that hosts the courses developed for or adapted from OpenWHO.

Photo: WHO Ukraine

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