#MOOCLive project started

In June 2015, the CVV, under the auspices of the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité and together with several public, academics and industrial partners, won the IDEFI-N ANR call for project. The awarded project, entitled #MOOCLive, aims at developing a MOOC Factory for training in Public and Global Health.

One of the work packages, dedicated to International Health Regulations and targeted towards policy makers, already started. As often demonstrated, the International Health Regulations (HIR) fail on organising coordinated global answers to major recent global health threats (Ebola, and Zika as the most recent examples). This work package has been developed to fill-in the lack of high profile training on the topic. A serious game, IHR Simulator 3.0, has already been developed for WHO and a first test of the Simulator was done last March 23-24 at Lyon, and more recently, during the World Health Assembly, on May 23, 2016 at Geneva. 60 representatives from member’s countries of the international organization were volunteers to play with a simulated global health crisis. Each participant had a randomly attributed role on his smartphone, tablet or computer and had to take decisions accordingly to its role. Questions such as: “Does an interministerial taskforce has to be settled up?” “How should the policy maker of the country communicate information on the case?” “Should borders be closed?”, were tested. All the participants’ answers were then pooled according to the various roles, and analysed in real time. The results of this session were assessed in reference to compliance to IHR. Last May, this virtual epidemic would have led to 2000 deaths from 100,000 infected people. A subdued result that highlights the real and urgent need of developing a coordinated training on the topic, as underlined by Prof. Antoine Flahault after the exercise.

During the next months, a set of MOOCs targeting specific and general audiences will be developed at the Centre. All of them will fulfil educational needs on key topics of global and public health such as: violence against women, tobacco cessation in vulnerable segments of population, health inequity, addiction.

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