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

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.


Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

WHO Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2025

The purpose of this global strategy is to strengthen health systems through the application of digital health technologies for consumers, health professionals, health care providers and industry towards empowering patients and achieving the vision of health for all.

The strategy is designed to be fit for purpose and for use by all Member States including those with limited access to digital technologies, goods and services. In the context of this global strategy, digital health is understood to mean “the field of knowledge and practice associated with the development and use of digital technologies to improve health”

Last modified: August 12, 2021

Language: Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish

Orientation Programme on Adolescent Health for Health-Care Providers

This training program has the following:

Core modules

  1. Introduction
  2. Meaning of adolescence and its implications for public health
  3. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  4. Adolescent-friendly health services
  5. Adolescent development *
  6. Concluding

Optional modules

  1. Sexually transmitted infections in adolescents
  2. Care of adolescent pregnancy and childbirth
  3. Unsafe abortion in adolescents
  4. Pregnancy prevention in adolescents
  5. Substance use in adolescents
  6. Mental health of adolescents
  7. Nutrition in adolescents
  8. HIV/AIDS in adolescents
  9. Chronic diseases in adolescents
  10. Endemic diseases in adolescents
  11. Injuries and violence in adolescents
  12. Young people and injecting drug use

The materials consist of a handout for participants and of a facilitator’s guide for the overall course (course director guide) and for all the modules. It provides detailed guidance on how to run each module. In addition it contains tips for the trainers, lecturing aids such as overhead slides in electronic form with accompanying talking points and study materials.

Last modified: July 23, 2021

Language: English, French, Russian




    MEDBOX Vaccination and Strategy Toolbox

    This toolbox offers close to 200 resources on vaccination, which the user can sort by language, country, and type of tool.

    It is available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

    Last modified: February 16, 2021

    Language: English, French, Russian, Spanish

    COVID-19 Global Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategy

    There is an unprecedented need to elevate the role risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) plays in breaking the chains of transmission and mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Until biomedical tools such as vaccines or treatments are developed and widely available, people’s behaviour and their willingness to follow public health and social measures remain the most powerful tools to stop the spread of the virus.

    The COVID-19 Global Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategy, December 2020 – May 2021 provides an important update for member states and supporting partners. The updated strategy is underpinned by a socio-behavioral trends analysis and builds on the learnings from the response to-date. The shift presented in the document is towards the community engagement and participatory approaches that have been proven to help control and eliminate outbreaks in the past.

    The overarching goal of the strategy: That people-centred and community-led approaches are championed widely – resulting in increased trust and social cohesion, and ultimately a reduction in the negative impacts of COVID-19.

    Last modified: January 4, 2021

    Language: Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish

    Framework for Decision-making: Implementation of Mass Vaccination Campaigns in the Context of COVID-19

    This document describes the principles to consider when deliberating the implementation of mass vaccination campaigns for prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases and high impact diseases (VPD/HID), and when assessing risks and benefits of conducting outbreak-response vaccination campaigns to respond to VPD/HID outbreaks.

    Last modified: December 24, 2020

    Language: Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish

    WHO Tool for Behavioural Insights on COVID-19

    This is a tool for rapid, flexible and cost-effective monitoring of public knowledge, risk perceptions, behaviours and trust is now available to countries in the WHO European Region to make their COVID-19-related response relevant and actionable.

    The outbreak is placing an overwhelming burden on health systems and authorities to respond with effective and appropriate interventions, policies and messages. One of the most critical elements of reducing virus transmission is public behaviour.

    For crisis response measures to affect public behaviours, they need to be perceived as consistent, competent, fair, objective, empathetic or sincere. They also need to be easily understood and communicated through trusted people and accessible channels.

    To succeed with this, it is critical to gain an understanding of issues such as:

    • trust in health authorities, recommendations and information;
    • risk perceptions;
    • acceptance of recommended behaviours;
    • knowledge;
    • barriers/drivers to recommended behaviours;
    • misperceptions; and
    • stigma.

    The newly established Insights Unit at WHO/Europe has developed a tool which:

    • is evidence-based;
    • can be rapidly applied;
    • can be regularly applied;
    • is simple and flexible to adjust to the changing situation; and
    • is low cost and cost effective.

    Last modified: July 21, 2020

    Language: English, French, German, Russian




      Safe Ramadan Practices in the Context of the COVID-19: Interim Guidance

      This document highlights public health advice for social and religious practices and gatherings during Ramadan that can be applied across different national contexts.

      Last modified: July 21, 2020

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