Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ed and Training Opportunity. FREE...Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response.

Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response.  Whilst Asia is ranked as the most disaster prone region of the world in both natural and man-made disasters, research and training in the Asia-Pacific region is limited. We believe that better understanding of the disaster epidemiological profile and human health implications of disasters will enhance the response and preparedness capacity to mitigate future adverse human health impact.

A child carrying a disaster response bag in a remote, disaster-prone village in China. Photo by CCOUC 2011 - Some rights reserved
Course Overview
The "Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response" online course was developed by CCOUC in an attempt to make lessons learnt from previous disasters available and comprehensible to key stakeholders in disaster risk mitigation and the civil society. Students enrolled in the course will gain insight and theoretical understanding of the public health issues related to disaster and be empowered personally and professionally to take necessary actions in the individual, community, and national levels to reduce the health risk posed by the increasing frequency and intensity of disaster.
Course Features
  • The course teaching assistant may assist students in solving any challenges regarding the course content and answer any questions in the process;
  • The course is supported by a mobile application available for download  here;
  • The course enrich students' learning with the use of real disaster case studies, online tools and relevant international publications;
  • The course offers exceptional flexibility for participants to manage their study schedule with course material accessible online anytime, anywhere!
Target Audience
The target audience for this course is individuals studying and working in health, policy, education and humanitarian sectors. Students may be civil servants, healthcare personnel, frontline disaster relief practitioners, and postgraduate students of closely-related disciplines. 
As part of CCOUC’s knowledge transfer endeavour, this course is offered free of charge.
Course Completion and Certification
Students who obtain 60% or above in the final assessment will be issued a printable certificate in recognition of completing the course.   
Access to the Course
Cohort 2 of the course is available to registered students only until 15 June 2015. Cohort 3 is now available and will be open for new registrations until 15 November 2015.  To access Cohort 3 of the course, you will first need to register and create an account. Once you have registered, you will be able to access the course from this page by clicking on the Cohort 3 course title below and logging in using the account details you created. The first time you access the course you may be asked to click a button to enrol yourself.

Course Structure and Delivery Format
The course is delivered through an online virtual learning space developed by the Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning unit of the Department for Continuing Education of Oxford University. 
The course involves a total of 7 lessons, 4 short quizzes and one final assessment. Each lesson requires about one to three hours of study. All assessments are in the form of multiple-choice questions to be completed online with unlimited attempts. To progress through the course, students must obtain 80% or above in each short-quiz. Students enrolled in the course may access all learning materials and go through all learning activities online within a maximum period of six months. Topics covered in the course are as follows:
  • Lesson 1: Public Health Approaches to Medical Disaster Response
  • Lesson 2: Disaster Concepts and Trends
  • Lesson 3: The Impact of Disasters
  • Lesson 4: The Human Health Impact of Disasters
  • Lesson 5: Responding to Health Needs in Disaster (I)
  • Lesson 6: Responding to Health Needs in Disaster (II)
  • Lesson 7: Public Health Emergency Preparedness 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Situation Awareness. Liberia reports 2 new Ebola cases. 25 March 2015

    Liberia reports 2 new Ebola cases

    25 March 2015 16:38 (Last updated 25 March 2015 16:43)

    The new cases have deflated hopes that Liberia might soon be declared Ebola-free

    By Evelyn T. Kpadeh
    Liberian authorities on Wednesday reported two new Ebola infections, bringing the total number of new infections in the West African country to three and putting its goal of being declared Ebola-free further out of reach.
    Sompson Sieh, the country's deputy Ebola incident manager, said one of the two cases involved an 18-year-old girl who was taking care of her 44-year-old mother who recently tested positive for the virus.
    The mother used to sell food at a local community school before being taken to hospital on Friday after showing signs of the virus and later testing positive.  
    Liberian health workers are currently monitoring more than 80 people from the infected woman's community.
    The second new case, Sieh said, was that of a young man whose girlfriend is said to be involved in cross-border trade from the New Kru Town community.
    "We are still questioning the young man and trying to convince him to tell us who he has come into contact with," Sieh told the Anadolu Agency.
    "He lives in the New Kru Town area, but was seen in the Clara Town area vomiting blood – that was how he was collected and taken to the Ebola treatment unit," the official said.
    The new cases have deflated hopes that Liberia might soon be declared Ebola-free.
    The country had another 13 days to achieve Ebola-free status before the latest infections were reported.
    Liberia discharged its last known Ebola survivor, Beatrice Yardolo, on March 5.
    The country's first Ebola case was reported on March 24 of last year in Lofa County.
    Since then, Ebola – a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure – has killed nearly 10,194 people, mostly in West Africa, according to a March 11 status report issued by the World Health Organization.
    In Liberia alone, the virus has claimed at least 4,264 lives.


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