WHO Free Online Course On COVID-19 Operational Planning Guidelines

COVID-19 Operational Planning Guidelines

The course is free offered by the World Health Organization (WHO).

This 3-module learning package presents the context for the need for a coordinated global outbreak response plan for COVID-19. Provides the necessary guidance to implement the Operational Planning Guidelines to support country preparedness and response. These planning guidelines describe the priority steps and actions to be included in the countries’ preparedness and response plans in the main areas of public health preparedness and response. This is aligned with the previously published Strategic Response and Preparedness Plan (SPRP) COVID-19. By the end of this course, UNCT-designated lead planners and relevant partners should be able to assess and fill the capacity gaps to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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  • Country: Online
  • Financial coverage: Fully Funded
  • Eligible Regions: Anyone can apply
  • Deadline: December 31, 2020
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    Eligibility Criteria :

    The training is intended to:

    • For United Nations Country Teams (UNCT)
    • For other relevant stakeholders, including partners, donors and civil society
    • To support national readiness and readiness for COVID-19
    • To help countries increase their response capacity to COVID-19
    • Increase international coordination for response and preparedness.
    • Streamline the process of coordinating resources and evaluating the country’s level of preparedness.
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    Benefits :

    • To assist United Nations country teams in expanding country preparedness and response to COVID-19, WHO has developed these learning modules in addition to the Operational Planning Guidelines to support the preparation and response of countries.
    • An Achievement Record will be available to participants scoring 80% or more in the cumulative course assessment for Modules 1
    • and 2. Module 3 will award certification.
    • Learn for yourself and others about the importance of putting SPRP into practice for the COVID-19 outbreak using the Operational Planning Guidelines
    • Be able to access the complete set of actions, performance indicators and resources necessary to carry out the level of readiness assessment using the COVID-19 Partner Platform for the preparedness and response plans of the countries.
      Course duration: approximately 1 hour for modules 1 and 2 and another hour for module 3.


    • Be able to describe the 8 main pillars of public health preparedness and response and the initial actions that United Nations country teams must take.


    there are three modules

    Module 1: Mission and purpose of this program (including COVID-19 knowledge):
    This module provides a description of the purpose and context for this COVID-19 learning package, leadership words, and relevant knowledge.

    Module 2: Preparation and response at the country level:
    This module provides an introduction to the Operational Planning Guidelines to support country preparedness and response, and access to relevant information and documentation.

    Module 3: Pillars of the Public Health Response:
    This module is a deep technical immersion in each of the 8 pillars of the public health response as outlined in the Operational Planning Guidelines to support country preparedness and response.

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