Since its launch in August 2016, approximately 4000 participants have now registered for the WHO e-learning course on health financing for UHC. Participants from over 150 countries from all regions and all income levels are now registered. This is a course which targets participants of all levels of experience and expertise. The course is now used as preparation for those attending WHO face-to-face course on health financing, or as a review for those who wish to simply refresh their knowledge. Arabic, French and Russian versions of the course will be launched later in the year.
WHO offers a range of training opportunities on health financing policy, including face-to-face courses and an e-learning course. An advanced annual course targeting low and middle income countries is held annually, and a number of WHO Regional Offices also offer annual health financing workshops or trainings. WHO also offers blended training or capacity building in which a series of tailored, structured and guided contacts, are designed for countries tackling a specific issue e.g. support to a technical working group in a country developing a health financing strategy.
June 2017 – WHO held its fourth Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low and Middle Income Countries between 12-16 June 2017, in Barcelona, Spain. Forty-seven participants from nineteen countries came together for this one-week-long training course to discuss how health financing policy can be used to improve health system performance in support of universal health coverage. Keynote speakers were Midori de Habich Rospigliosi and Eyitayo Lambo, both former Ministers of Health. This is an advanced course run annually; those attending are expected to complete the e-learning course prior to attending.