WHO launches new emergency preparedness and response portal

The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the launch of an online video series designed to arm public health responders with the latest information on epidemics, pandemics, and health emergencies.

The OpenWHO platform has three main channels. One is "Outbreak," which features scientific information on high-threat diseases such as Ebola, yellow fever, and pandemic influenza. The others include "GetSocial!" with a focus on risk communication, community engagement, and social mobilization, and "Ready for Response," which includes courses on the WHO's emergency response framework, the incident management system, and predeployment training for those who may be sent for emergency response.