WHO and DOH launched E-learning tools

The World Health Organization and the Department of Health introduced two non-traditional e-learning tools as a form of public health interventions recently. These are: the Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED) instructional video, and the Essential Intrapartum and Newborn -Care -Self Instructional Module ( EINC- SIM)

The e-learning tools were formally launched 12 November 2012 during the Scaling –Up Public Health Initiatives event at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City. In attendance were health partners such as sister-UN Agencies, representatives from the Department of Health(DOH), development partners (AusAID, USAID, JICA, EUD, WB), private sector partners (Zuellig Family Foundation, SMART Social Arm, GSK, MSD), Civil Society Organizations (IMAP, PSPI, KMI) and other government partners (NEDA ).

SPEED and EINC SIM were developed as one of the responses to the country’s key health challenges among which are the health information management during disaster, and challenges on maternal and newborn health care. These are part of WHO’s support to the government to achieve Universal Health Care or Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP) of the Aquino Health Agenda.

Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED)

DOH Health Emergency Management (HEMS) Director, Dr Carmencita Banatin , gave a presentation on SPEED. The significance and relevance of the SPEED System was highlighted in the timely health information received during the past disasters like Sendong (International Name: Washi) in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities, the Navotas Fire, and the many floods that displaced thousands of families in the last two years.

SPEED uses a web-based software technology which receives data via SMS or texting. This enables on-line validation, automatic report generation and transmission of syndromic disease information from grass roots level to the next level is accomplished in the shortest period of time.

SPEED instructional video is both an advocacy and training tool to enable emergency responders a quick refresher and on-line step by step procedure on SPEED use after a disaster.