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Health[e]Foundation wants to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, therefore the Corona[e]Education is available free for all!
SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19 emerged from Hubei province in China and has spread in a period of two months to the rest of the world. It is a pandemic causing disease and mortality in 199 countries. No one and no country is spared from this infection spreading about twice as fast as seasonal flu and having a case-fatality rate of ten times the seasonal influenza. The disease is mild among children, spreads the fastest among young adults and is most deadly amongst the elderly.
The virus challenges governments and the public to stay ahead of the epidemic curve. Hospitals beds are congested with corona patients and there is a shortage in manpower as well as equipment, such as ventilators to help the severely ill patients to breath.
Health[e]Foundation decided to develop an e-learning course on COVID-19 shortly after the WHO announced the current coronavirus epidemic to be a pandemic. The Corona[e]Education course is available online and as an offline App for smartphone users with free access for all.
The course provides up to date information for healthcare - and community health workers based on official content of the World Health Organization as well as global experts. It has the latest information on the history of the virus, how it spreads, how to prevent transmission, testing and treatment and statistics at hand. The information is updated weekly as we keep you informed on new insights, guidelines and situations and statistics in different countries. The course is available in English and currently being translated in French and Kinyarwanda.
We realize community health workers are of more importance during this outbreak than ever. For many individuals in rural regions of sub-Saharan Africa, community health workers will be the first — and possibly only — line of defence and information. They will play a key role in the prevention, detection, and response to this pandemic. Increasing ownership of smartphones and cellular coverage has enabled community health workers to connect with patients and each other remotely to share knowledge and experiences. By accessing the World Health Organization’s WhatsApp group, community health workers can share accurate information in a timely fashion.
In combination with the WHO Whatsapp service, the Corona[e]Education course provides a backbone to better understand COVID-19 and to facilitate you to better care for your community.
Because of the immediate need for accessible and applicable information all over the world on the Corona[e]Education online course and App is free for all. Health[e]Foundation is wholeheartedly counting on and requesting for external funders to support our Health[e] Community program of which the COVID-19 course is a component.