Training and learning

Training and learning

Today’s health emergencies are increasingly complex. We live in a globalized, urbanized and connected world where people, vectors and goods are constantly on the move. These movements amplify the threats to our health from infectious hazards, natural disasters, armed conflicts and other emergencies wherever they occur.

Past crises have taught us that even the most qualified personnel require continued learning to respond safely and effectively to these 21st century threats. We need a ready, willing and able workforce – a workforce for excellence – that can be called upon to help save lives, reduce disease and suffering, and minimize socio-economic loss to affected communities and countries.

That’s why the WHO Health Emergencies Programme is prioritizing learning and training as it works to meet WHO’s ambitious target of ensuring . In October 2018, the Programme established a new Learning and Capacity Development unit and launched its first-ever Learning Strategy to guide all training and learning activities across the country, regional and global levels.

在线观看|影视免费观看vipThe Learning Strategy commits to creating a coherent, coordinated and high-quality approach and standards for learning to build WHO’s health emergency workforce and surge capacity supported by partners. It was developed by a 100-member task team and external consultants, with inputs from staff across the three levels of the Organization.


A learning strategy to create a ready, willing and able workforce – a workforce of excellence – for health emergency work

Training opportunities



Risk communication

在线观看|影视免费观看vipRisk communication refers to the real-time exchange of information, advice and opinions between experts or officials and people who face a threat (hazard) to their survival, health or economic or social well-being.

在线观看|影视免费观看vipRisk communication training

The Emergency Communications Network

The Emergency Communications Network (ECN) is a reserve health workforce for emergencies.  WHO’s flagship ECN training is designed to build a cohort of trained, tested and trusted communication officers.

Emergency Communications Network

Training and learning partnerships

Our training and learning partnerships aim to increase the quality of all health emergency related trainings and make sure that personnel are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills to manage disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. Partnerships also help bring coordination and coherence to trainings carried out by different entities.

Ministries of Health and national health agencies are foremost amongst our training partners. UN agencies and international NGOs such as  and  are regular collaborators in training and learning. NGOs and civil society are accessing WHO’s trainings for emergency work and several have expressed willingness to collaborate on the development of training courses as well as their roll-out in priority countries.

We are also tapping into advanced training initiatives through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and the Global Health Cluster.

Strategic partnerships for Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Knowledge Transfer and Trainings are at the core of the global outbreak knowledge transfer and training systems. Partners enrich WHO’s own work, bring unique perspectives and capacities and allow us to be able to have capacity to rapidly scale-up in response to major emergencies.

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