WHO Makes Online Resources Available for COVID-19 Training

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  • OpenWHO Online Open Courses are targeted towards health professionals,the general public and key decision makers.
  • As COVID-19 is now widespread throughout the world, WHO plans to expand upon the languages offered.
  • Several other organizations and companies are also offering COVID-19-specific training for nurses, Lab professionals and health care workers.
  • The Australian Government’s Department of Health is offering a 30-minute training module on its website for health care workers.

WHO and other organizations are offering online learning resources for health professionals, reports Rachel Muenz for Clinical Lab Manager.

Real-time training offered

The World Health Organization announced its real-time training related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Who can get benefited?

Their OpenWHO Massive Online Open Courses for COVID-19 are targeted toward 

  • health professionals,
  • the general public and 
  • key decision makers.

Languages offered

As COVID-19 is now widespread throughout the world, WHO plans to expand upon the 

  • languages offered, 
  • update current courses, and 
  • add new resources as the world learns more about COVID-19. 

What does the current course offer?

Their current course offerings include:

Others offering COVID-19-specific training

Several other organizations and companies are also offering COVID-19-specific training. 

For Nurses

IntelyCare, a Massachusetts-based workforce management solution for long-term care facilities, is offering free COVID-19 training for nurses.

For Laboratory professionals

Area9 Lyceum, a training and education company also headquartered in Massachusetts is offering a free course to laboratory professionals. 

Training program for health care workers

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute of Brown University is partnering with nonprofit healthcare organization Project HOPE to develop a COVID-19 training program for health care workers.

What will the training focused on?

According to a Watson Institute press release, the training, which is still in development, will focus on core competencies, including –

  • biology and transmission mechanisms; 
  • infection prevention and control; 
  • contact tracing; 
  • screening and triage; 
  • diagnosis and management; 
  • stabilization and resuscitation; 
  • health facility operations and surge capacity; and 
  • risk communication and public health messaging.

Platforms suggested for training

Watson and Project HOPE are currently looking into which platforms to use for the training, including online and telephone-based methods, given current travel restrictions. 

“Training-of-Trainers” model 

They aim to use a “Training-of-Trainers” model. This is to quickly build a group of qualified teachers to train health care workers in their own communities. 

The training will begin next month in Kosovo and North Macedonia before expanding to other countries. 

Adam Levine, director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute said, “Health workers are the most valuable resource of any nation’s health care system, and we need to ensure that they are well trained all over the world to protect themselves and care for patients during this worldwide pandemic.” 

30-minute training module

The Australian Government’s Department of Health is offering a 30-minute training module on its website for health care workers.

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Source: Clinical Lab Manager

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