World Health Organisation video courses on health emergencies for responders
WHO has launched a series of video courses on epidemics, pandemics and
health emergencies. Geared for responders 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 on both Android and iOS
The platform can host an unlimited number of users and is free and
open to anyone wishing to register.
OpenWHO has 4 channels. One of the important channels is “Outbreak,”
which focuses on diseases that are epidemic or pandemic-prone, such as
Ebola, MERS, Zika, yellow fever, and pandemic influenza.
Each course contains concrete knowledge and practical skills for our
members and staff who are working in the field (e.g. infection
prevention and control for viral hemorrhagic fever, ventilation
management for severe acute respiratory infection). These courses will
also be helpful to those who train medical workers in the field in
epidemics and pandemics.
In addition, this platform includes:
– GetSocial!, which covers social science interventions such as risk
communication, community engagement, and social mobilization.
– Ready For Response, which offers courses on WHO’s emergency response
framework, Incident Management System and pre-deployment trainings for
people who might be sent to countries for emergency response.
– The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), which
provides them with the training necessary to participate in
All courses are in English, and many are also available in French and
Arabic. To ensure that everyone involved in emergency response has the
latest science and operational information, WHO makes some courses
available in local languages and dialects during epidemics and
The video courses can be accessed here:
The mobile phone apps can be downloaded here:
– Android app: