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PAHO offers new free courses to strengthen public health

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PAHO offers new free courses to strengthen public health

Washington DC April 4, 2022 (PAHO). The Pan American Health Organization offers a variety of virtual open-access courses that will help health professionals in a range of public health fields to increase their knowledge and skills.

With 1.7 millions users, PAHO’s Virtual Public Health Campus has been sharing information, resources and courses in public health since it was established in 2008.

Participants can complete self-study courses at the virtual campus at their own pace and with no deadlines.

The new 2022 courses include

Self care for first-line emergency personnel

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

Respectful Neonatal and Maternal Care

This 25-hour course aims to increase awareness and capacity about concepts, practices and support for respectful maternal and neonatal care. It also identifies the legal frameworks supporting it. Finally, the course explains how to use tools to plan and implement initiatives that improve quality maternal and newborn health care.

iSupport – Skills and knowledge training to caregivers for people with dementia

This self-study course offers information on caring for someone with dementia and self-care tips for caregivers. It helps to avoid or minimize mental and physical problems that can arise from caring for people living with dementia. It takes seven hours to complete the course.

Training in quality control and manufacturing techniques, distribution, control and storage of blood and blood-related components

This 23-hour course provides technical guidance that will assist in the establishment of a system for quality control in distribution, storage and control practices for blood products at blood banks across the Americas.

Evaluation and rating of hospitals using the Hospital Safety Index (ISHv2 )

This 40-hour training aims to promote the Safe Hospitals Initiative in the post-COVID-19 phase and to foster the training of evaluators for its implementation. Hospital Safety Index (ISH), which is a tool that helps identify and prioritize vulnerabilities within health care facilities, prepares an action plan for hospitals based upon priorities to maintain continuity in operations in an emergency situation or disaster, and plans for early recovery.

Comprehensive information on adolescent and teen health

This 6-hour course is designed to increase the understanding, knowledge and competence of program coordinators and health service providers and civil society organisations working with and for adolescents. It enables them to design and implement programs and interventions that meet the developmental needs of the adolescents.

Evidence-informed policies

This course supports capacity building in order to improve evidence-informed policy making. The course is expected to last 44 hour.

Water and sanitation in the Sustainable Development Agenda

This training is designed to provide participants with basic knowledge about the methods and requirements needed for the estimation of water, sanitation and hygiene indicators in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. It also explains their scope and targets. The training is expected to last 10 hour.

The Virtual Campus course offerings, available in Spanish, English and Portuguese, also include topics such as accurate automatic blood pressure measurement, dealing with 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) for HIV, and vaccination against COVID-19.

Participants that have reviewed all education material and passed evaluations as well as answered the Virtual Campus quality survey can download a PAHO certificate of participation.

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