PAHO offers new free courses to strengthen public health – PAHO/WHO


Washington DC, April 4, 2022 (PAHO) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is offering a series of new open-access virtual courses to build the knowledge and skills of health workers in several public health disciplines.

With 1.7 million users, PAHO’s Public Health Virtual Campus is a network of people, institutions, and organizations that have been sharing public health courses, resources, and information since its inception in 2008.

The self-study courses made available on the virtual campus allow participants to follow them at their own pace, without time or delay.

New 2022 course offerings include:

Caring for Themselves for Frontline Emergency Responders

This 10-hour course provides information and strategies for identifying and managing stress associated with the work environment and provides resources and self-care practices for frontline emergency responders.

Respectful Maternal and Newborn Care

This 25-hour course aims to raise awareness and build capacity on concepts and practices related to respectful maternal and newborn care; identify the legal frameworks that support it; and recognize and describe the use of tools to plan, implement and monitor initiatives to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care in health services.

iSupport: skills and knowledge training for carers of people with dementia

This self-paced course provides information on caring for someone with dementia and self-care for caregivers to prevent or reduce mental and physical health problems associated with caring for people with dementia. dementia. The course lasts 7 hours.

Training in quality and good manufacturing practices, control, storage and distribution of blood and blood components

This 23-hour course aims to provide technical guidance to support the implementation of a quality system in blood product control, distribution, and storage practices in blood banks in the Americas.

Assessing healthcare facilities using the Hospital Safety Index, second version (ISHv2)

This 40-hour training aims to promote the Safe Hospitals Initiative in the post-COVID-19 phase and to foster the training of assessors for its implementation. The main objective of the Hospital Safety Index (ISH) tool is to identify vulnerabilities in healthcare facilities, help prepare an action plan for hospitals based on priorities, and ensure continuity operations during an emergency or disaster, as well as planning for early recovery more effectively.

Overall adolescent health

This 6-hour course aims to improve the knowledge, understanding and skills of program managers and coordinators, health service providers and civil society organizations working for and with adolescents, in order to develop and implement implementing health programs, interventions and services that meet the needs and developmental stage of adolescents.

Evidence-based policies

This course aims to support capacity building to strengthen evidence-based policies. Its estimated duration is 44 hours.

Water, sanitation and hygiene in the sustainable development agenda

This training aims to familiarize participants with the methodology and minimum requirements for estimating the water, sanitation and hygiene indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, their scope in terms of access and quality of services, and their targets. Its estimated duration is 10 hours.

The Virtual Campus course offerings, available in Spanish, English and Portuguese, also include topics such as accurate automatic blood pressure measurement, treatment of acute pesticide poisoning, early diagnosis of cancer in children and adolescents, immediate post-obstetric contraception, health care for the elderly, oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV and vaccination against COVID-19.

Participants who review all course materials, pass the assessments, and complete the Virtual Campus Quality Survey can download a Certificate of Participation from PAHO.


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