World Health Organisation launches new OpenWHO platform
OpenWHO is the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering free online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the organisation and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders. The platform offers various courses, in several languages, however, of specific interest is the course entitled ‘COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response’. The course information describes it as a three-module learning package introduces the context for the need for a coordinated global response plan to the COVID-19 outbreak. It provides the required guidance to implement the operational planning guidelines to support country preparedness and response. These planning guidelines describe priority steps and actions to be included in countries’ preparedness and response plans across the major areas of public health preparedness and response. This is aligned with the previously published COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP). By the end of this course, the appointed United Nations Country Team (UNCT) lead planners and relevant partners should be able to assess and fill in capability gaps to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The course duration is approximately an hour for Modules 1 and 2 and another hour for Module 3.
Key learning objectives:
The training is intended:
For UN country teams (UNCTs)
For other relevant stakeholders, including partners, donors and civil society
To support national readiness and preparedness for COVID-19
To help countries increase their capacity to respond to COVID-19
To increase international coordination for response and preparedness
To streamline the process of coordinating resources and assessing country preparedness level
The course is free. Just register for an account on OpenWHO and take the course.
The following downloads are available for health care professionals and first responders, with guidelines for handling cases of COVID-19:
Source: World Health Organisation