Examples of online courses and training materials on COVID-19

  • World Health Organization

Free self-paced WHO COVID-19 courses  

1. Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection. This course is intended for clinicians who are working in intensive care units in low and middle-income countries and managing adult and paediatric patients with severe forms of acute respiratory infection. Check here.

2. Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This course provides information on what facilities should be doing to be prepared to respond to a case of an emerging respiratory virus such as COVID-19, how to identify a case once it occurs, and how to properly implement IPC measures to ensure there is no further transmission to health workers or to other patients and others in the healthcare facility. occurs, and how to properly implement IPC measures to ensure there is no further transmission to health workers or to other patients and others in the healthcare facility. Check here.

3. Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control. This course provides a general introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses and is intended for public health professionals, incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs. Check here

4. eProtect respiratory infections. This course provides information on the basic knowledge and skills health workers need to respond to acute respiratory infection outbreaks, including what ARIs are, how they are transmitted, how to assess the risk of infection and to understand basic hygiene measures to protect themselves. Check here

5. Public health interventions in pandemics and epidemics. This introductory level online course provides information and tools for health workers to better manage disease outbreaks and health emergencies. Materials have been originally designed for WHO African region purposes and have therefore references to Africa more than other continents. Check here.

6. Risk communication essentials Risk communication is a core public health intervention in any disease outbreak and health emergency. This course provides information on real-time exchange of information, advice and opinions between experts, officials and people who face a threat to their wellbeing, to enable informed decision-making and to adopt protective behaviours. Check here.

  • Save the Children has developed a new learning resource to support humanitarian and development staff and volunteers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Accessible on the free e-learning platform ‘Kaya’.
  • Primary Care International (PCI) PCI is a not for profit organisation working in resource-poor settings to support primary healthcare workers and the systems they work in. See free COVID-19 e-learning content hosted for all primary care doctors and nurses working in resource-poor settings. The course, which takes ~ one and a half hours, draws on up-to-date guidance from key sources including the WHO, and UNHCR. The modules include: A guide to public health measures; The definition of a case of COVID-19 virus, Preparing the primary health care centre; Prevent the spread of COVID-19; Triage and management in primary care; Managing patients with NCDs; Mental health -patients and healthcare workers; and Case studies.

    To access the course: Go to the ‘PCI Academy’ website homepage; Register for an account; Go to the ‘COVID-19’ course. As numbers are limited due to hosting costs only frontline doctors and nurses should register.