EMR training resource on “PHC practice in the context of COVID-19"

On Monday Sept 7, 2020, a  training resource on “Primary health care practice in the context of COVID-19” was launched.

The online course is the outcome of joint collaboration between the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) East Mediterranean Region and United Nations partners, including the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), to ensure that primary health care is integrated into national COVID-19 response plans.

The launch of the training course can be accessed on www.facebook.com/WHOEMRO/videos/318905975887942/

The online training aims to support PHC personnel in their efforts to maintain essential services and to effectively assist in controlling the pandemic. It focuses on four main areas: maintaining essential health services; preventing COVID-19 through supporting effective public health measures; diagnosing COVID-19 cases and ensuring adequate referral; and managing mild and moderate COVID-19 cases.

The course content will be updated periodically, and the trainees will receive certificates of completion from WHO accredited for 15 hours under the category I credit system of the American Association of Continuing Medical Education (AACME).

PHC physicians working in the public and private sectors in the EMR region are strongly encouraged to undertake this training.

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