Taking a Multi-Sectoral One Health Approach – A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries

The Tripartite Zoonoses Guide was jointly developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization to support countries in taking a multisectoral One Health approach to address zoonotic diseases.

It outlines principles and best practices to aid countries in achieving sustainable and functional collaboration at the human-animal-environment interface. The Tripartite Zoonoses Guide advocates for effective multisectoral, multidisciplinary, and transnational collaboration at the local, national, regional and global levels.

Last modified: March 31, 2022

Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, Portuguese

Communicating risk in public health emergencies: a WHO guideline for emergency risk communication (‎ERC)‎ policy and practice

These guidelines provide evidence-based guidance on how risk communication should be practiced in an emergency, including guidance to countries on building capacity for communicating risk during health emergencies. This includes guidance on: building trust and engaging with communities and affected populations; integrating risk communication into existing national and local emergency preparedness and response structures; and emergency risk communication practice—from strategizing, planning, coordinating, messaging, channeling, and different methods and approaches of communication and engagement, to monitoring and evaluation—based on a systematic assessment of the evidence on what worked and what did not work during recent emergencies.

This includes guidance on: building trust and engaging with communities and affected populations; integrating risk communication into existing national and local emergency preparedness and response structures; · ERC practice – It covers strategizing, planning, coordinating, messaging, channelling and different methods and approaches of communication and engagement. It also touches on monitoring and evaluation – based on a systematic assessment of the evidence on what worked and what did not work during recent emergencies.

Last modified: March 31, 2022

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Major Epidemic and Pandemic Diseases

This document provides key messages for individuals and communities on how to prepare for and stay safe during pandemics and epidemics.

Last modified: March 31, 2022

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Managing epidemics: key facts about major deadly diseases

The purpose of this manual is to provide expert guidance on the planning and preparation needed for epidemic prevention and control. The manual focuses on practical and essential knowledge about infectious diseases for national political and operational decision makers.

It also provides key information on 15 diseases; Ebola Virus Disease, Lassa Fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever,Yellow Fever, Zika, Chikungunya, Avian and other Zoonotic Influenza, Seasonal Influenza, Pandemic Influenza, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Cholera, Monkeypox, Plague, Leptospirosis and Meningococcal Meningitis.

Last modified: March 31, 2022

Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, Portuguese

Coronavirus — COVID-19 Factsheet

This factsheet offers information for the public on the basics of COVID-19.

Included is information on:

  • What is COVID-19?
  • How does it spread?
  • Who does it infect?
  • How can you prevent infection?

Last modified: December 9, 2021

Language: Chinese, English, Filipino, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese

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    WHO Simulation Exercise Manual

    A simulation exercise is a form of practice, training, monitoring or evaluation of capabilities involving the description or simulation of an emergency, to which a described or simulated response is made.

    Simulation exercises enable people to practice their roles and functions and can help to develop, assess and test functional capabilities of emergency systems, procedures and mechanisms to respond to outbreak and public health emergencies. They are used to identify gaps and enhance preparedness capacity for response before an actual emergency occurs.

    This manual provides an overview of the different simulation exercise tools and guidelines developed and used by WHO.

    Last modified: October 28, 2021

    Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian

    Framework for Reopening Schools

    These guidelines aim to inform the decision-making process regarding school reopening, support national preparations and guide the implementation process, as part of overall public health and education planning processes. It is designed to be a flexible tool that can be adapted to each context and updated as the situation changes. The guidelines outline six key priorities to assess the readiness of those schools and inform planning.

    Last modified: September 30, 2021

    Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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      My Hero is You, How Kids can Fight COVID-19!

      This is a new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

      With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

      The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

      During the early stages of the project, more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.

      In order to reach as many children as possible, the book will be widely translated, with six language versions released today and more than 30 others in the pipeline. It is being released as both an online product and audio book.

      Source: WHO, UNICEF, IFRC, UNHCR

      Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

      Helping Health Workers Learn

      This book provides hundreds of methods, aids, and learning strategies to make health education engaging and effective, encouraging community involvement through participatory education.

      Last modified: July 23, 2021

      Language: Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, English, Farsi, Indonesian, Portuguese, Tamil, Urdu

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        It’s All One Curriculum: Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education

        Research shows that young people need chances to learn about gender equality and human rights, particularly because these issues affect their sexual lives, and indeed, their happiness. Most sex education programs have lagged in applying these findings. Few sex education curricula address issues of gender and rights in a meaningful way, and few sex or HIV curricula have demonstrated a statistically significant impact either on unintended pregnancy or on sexually transmitted infections. The lesson—which we ignore at adolescents’ peril—is that gender equality and human rights are not just lofty goals. Rather, they are key to preventing the spread of HIV and to enabling young people to grow up to enjoy good health, as well as responsible and satisfying sexual lives.

        This two-book kit provides the essential elements for developing a rights-based, gender-sensitive, and participatory curriculum for sexuality and HIV education. It includes two books. Book 1 contains Guidelines, with an introduction that includes an evidence-based policy argument for this type of education. It has seven content units (each with Learning Objectives, Key Content, and Points for Reflection), and a final project-based unit (to support advocacy and apply lessons learned), along with 22 fact sheets. Book two contains activities which focus on effective teaching methods – there are 54 sample activities.

        Last modified: July 23, 2021

        Language: Bangla, Chinese, English, French, Spanish

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