Knowledge transfer and training for outbreaks

Knowledge resources for Ebola responders

Decision-makers and frontline responders can find a set of resources on Ebola virus disease here. These resources can be used as refreshers for experienced personnel or as introduction to the topic for everyone else. Most of the materials are available in English and French, and can be downloaded for offline use. A version in Lingala is available.

Dr Mamoudou Harouna Djingarey, Programme Area Manager of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme in the African Region, introduces Ebola in this short video.

Knowledge transfer: A weapon for fighting epidemics

Knowledge exists for battling many known disease outbreaks. The challenge is to get the latest science and knowledge into the hands and minds of decision-makers and front-line responders. Even more difficult is to capture, package and deliver knowledge on new diseases. From 1970-2007 at least 1420 new pathogens – disease-causing microbes – have been discovered, 177 of them identified in the past decade. 70% of these originated from animals, which humans are having increasing contact with due to modern farming, livestock practices, and deforestation. While not all new pathogens have public health impact, some threaten humans.

Strengthening WHO's capacity for infectious hazard management

More than 100 WHO staff members and their health partners from all three levels of the organization are taking part in knowledge exchange and team building initiative “Managing epidemics of the 21st century”. This three-phase, WHO-certified learning programme helps shape the work for the future generations of participants and frontline responders in health emergencies.

Science in action – interviews with Zika experts

Zika virus poses many questions and concerns for humanity. Scientists and experts are racing to understand the relationship between Zika virus infection and associated neurological complications. The Institut Pasteur, WHO and other partners convened researchers and public health experts working on this ongoing public health emergency to share preliminary results and discuss next steps.

These series of videos cover exclusive interviews with experts who work in a diversity of scientific domains: vector control, diagnostics, Zika and its neurological complications such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly, as well as vaccine development for Zika.

Knowledge transfer and training for outbreaks

Nyenpu Gormuyor is a nurse who completed trainings run by WHO. The training, she said, has made her feel safer, more confident and passionate for her work.

Major epidemics in the 21st century highlight the need for a system to quickly transform scientific knowledge into action on the ground. Knowledge that is understandable and actionable is essential to mounting an effective response to save lives, minimize illness and to prevent unnecessary damage to societies and economies.
WHO’s Knowledge Transfer and Training teams work to establish and scale up a system to enable national and international frontline responders to work in a fast, safe and coordinated manner in disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. This is a core step in strengthening national capacities and WHO’s own response to outbreaks and health emergencies.

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Training catalogue for outbreak response

The Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Department at WHO provides a broad range of trainings for different stakeholders and purposes. Specific trainings have been developed to boost and strengthen core skills in outbreak response, including training for trainers.

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