Risk communication

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) risk communication

OpenWHO: Critical risk communication materials made available to all, anywhere, anytime


6 February 2018 - In 2017, the PIP Risk Communication team launched the OpenWHO platform, which supports Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and is an online source of video lectures and training materials for disease outbreaks and health emergencies. This platform collects and collates all PIP Risk Communication related resources for practitioners and decision-makers.

Pandemic influenza risk communication: Delivering results in 2016


When the PIP project on risk communication began three years ago, risk communication was neither fully understood nor appreciated. At best, it was an afterthought in epidemic and pandemic response. But as a result of the advocacy, sensitization, training, national planning work, and deployment of surge capacity under the PIP risk communication project, things have changed.

In addition, operationalizing this new capacity in recent disease outbreaks such as MERS-CoV, Avian Influenza, Ebola, Zika, and yellow fever has convinced stakeholders that communicating risk in health emergencies is essential and can have a serious impact on the epidemic response.

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) risk communication

Risk communication is the dynamic process of sharing and responding to information about a public health threat. Under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP), WHO works closely with governments and partners to help countries strengthen risk communications skills and systems and prepare for a future influenza pandemic.

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Stronger global capacity

Through PIP, WHO has developed new guidelines, tools, curricula and materials to disseminate pandemic influenza skills and knowledge and build capacity in pandemic influenza risk communication globally.

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Sustained support for countries

Through PIP, WHO has worked closely with decision makers to provide expertise and sustained support for national pandemic influenza risk communication capacity building in priority countries, including Cambodia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Sudan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and priority countries in the Eastern Caribbean, African Region and South East Asia Region.

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Rapid response and expertise in an outbreak

The Emergency Communications Network (ECN) is a system to identify, train, assess and deploy risk communication experts as part of WHO's response to emergencies and crises. Established in 2013, the ECN has grown to become 104-strong, and is one of the most frequently used deployment mechanisms in WHO. Four out of five network members have been deployed to an emergency.



The WHO risk communication learning course aims to provide WHO Member States, partners and experts with an introductory set of self-use learning material on risk communication for pandemics as well as other emergencies.


The PIP Framework brings together stakeholders and WHO to implement a global approach to pandemic influenza preparedness and response