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WHO: Over 320,000 learners enrol in online COVID-19 courses

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Health Desk- 20 March 2020: Real-time training during global emergencies is critical for effective preparedness and response.

The OpenWHO Massive Online Open Courses for COVID-19 provide learning resources for health professionals, decision-makers and the public. More than 320 000 learners have already enrolled.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, new resources will be added, additional language versions will continue to be rolled out, and existing courses will be updated to best reflect the changing context.

Courses include:

  1. Operational Planning Guidelines to Support Country Preparedness and Response
  2. Infection Prevention and Control
  3. Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) and basic hygiene measures to protect against infection
  4. Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection
  5. Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), tweeted, ‘The Massive Online Open Course at  has now over 323,000 enrollments for #COVID19 courses. This platform was developed in 2017 as part of pandemic preparedness together with the “managing epidemic” handbook.’