Knowledge transfer and training for outbreaks

Training raises risk communication to new heights in Ethiopia


27 March 2018 - It may look like a simple stretch, but WHO experts helped national and regional staff in Ethiopia reach new heights in their capacity to communicate health risks during emergencies at a workshop in February.

This was in response to a request from the Federal National Ministry of Health. Ethiopia has grappled with an unprecedented level of disease outbreaks and health emergencies in recent years, highlighting the importance of building expertise in that area.

OpenWHO courses bring new focus to Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

5 March 2018 - As part of its mission to provide essential knowledge to emergency responders around the world, OpenWHO has developed a new series of courses supporting the work on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP).

The courses, hosted on platform, include introduction to pandemic influenza, Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA), estimating the burden of seasonal influenza among other learning materials.

Transfer of knowledge: Lifesaving knowledge for frontline responders


6 February 2018 - Frontline workers and decision-makers need the latest science and knowledge to fight disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. This knowledge must be in usable formats and delivered via easy-to-use channels and platforms. It needs to be accessible even in remote areas.

WHO Infectious Hazard Management department's transfer of knowledge develops usable products and tools based on the latest technical guidance in pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases and public health interventions.

Report: Risk communication workshop in Abuja

Eight large, white, poster papers lined the walls. Each poster was covered with colorful sticky notes, containing handwritten phrases, posted by a gathering of communications and surveillance officers from ECOWAS countries.

Each handwritten note highlighted a lesson learned during the four-day Regional Workshop on Validation of the Situational Analysis and Capacity Building on Risk Communication in the ECOWAS Region, a meeting organized by the West African Health Association (WAHO), in partnership with WHO and conducted in Abuja, Nigeria, from 11-14 July 2017.

WHO online courses for outbreaks and health emergencies

WHO has launched a series of video courses on epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies. Geared towards those working in emergencies, the courses are also accessible to the public.

The courses - which are on a platform called OpenWHO - transform complex scientific knowledge into easy-to-understand introductory video lessons, using a smaller bandwidth so that people in any country can access them. Offline versions are available for both IOS and Android devices. The platform can host an unlimited number of users and is free and open to anyone wishing to register.

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.

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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Online training - OpenWHO

WHO has launched a series of video courses on epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies. Geared toward those working in emergencies, the courses are also accessible to the public. Offline versions are available for both Android and IOS devices. The platform is free and open to anyone wishing to register.

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