WHO Fellowships Programme is an integral component of capacity development in the Region. It has always been accorded high importance by Member States and is recognized as an effective means whereby Member States can prepare staff for leading positions in their health services. Fellowships help the countries strengthen their health services through technical capacity-building of their health workforce, both in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as short-term and long-term programmes.
A study tour is a form of fellowship for group training and is defined as a visit by a group of health workers or scientists to one or several countries to study local problems and methods of dealing with them. It is a fact-finding mission, an educational experience and an opportunity to establish international linkages and collaborations with longer-term impact. It can also take the form of tailor-made short training courses.
Health Leadership Development Initiative (HLDI)
The overall objective of the Health Leadership Development Initiative (HLDI) is to prepare mid-career health professionals for leadership roles in public health and in strengthening national health systems as well as increasing their knowledge in global health developments and in the work of WHO.
The HLDI is not a standalone initiative but an integral component of WHO’s efforts and support to strengthen health ministries in enabling them to provide inclusive, transparent and accountable leadership of the health sector and to facilitate multisectoral action.
Global Health Learning Centre (GHLC)
The first WHO-WPRO Learning Centre was inaugurated in June 1986 and had trained health professionals from the 37 Member States and areas of the Western Pacific Region until 2003. For the first eight years of the programme, the main objective of the Centre was to deliver an intensive instructional programme focusing on English language communication, which was then shifted toward building leadership and management capacity.