Launch of the COVID-19 Ethiopia-Health Worker Training App based on the OppiaMobile platform

COVID-19 Ethiopia is a health worker learning/training platform supported by the Community Health Academy-Last Mile Health using the OppiaMobile app technology. The objective is to reach health workers with appropriate, up-to-date and multimedia aided COVID-19 information and training content on mobile devices accessed anywhere, anytime. 10000+ have already downloaded the app in the first days.

One of the major limiting factors to a timely COVID-19 response is the need for social distancing which prevents traditional capacity building efforts such as face-to-face training. COVID-19 Ethiopia training app has been developed to address this need in a timely manner.

OppiaMobile is an open source mobile learning platform specially designed for delivering learning content such as multimedia and quizzes in low-resource settings. Course content can be developed in Moodle and then exported to run offline on the OppiaMobile Android app.

The target audience for this app are frontline health workers including; nurses, health officers, physicians, volunteers working in health facilities and other health service delivery points set up for COVID-19 across all 11 regions of Ethiopia. Once COVID-19 Ethiopia is downloaded onto a smart phone or tablet, the training content is readily available for use offline. Users earn points for engagement with the course content, and badges when they complete a course. When a course is updated, users are automatically notified that a new version is available, so they can keep their course content up-to-date.

The ethiopian FMOH, EPHI and Community Health Academy have jointly launched the training platform and uploaded on google Playstore.  Their response teams will endorse, approve uploading of training content and protocols on the platform. Frontline health workers, program managers and all public health professionals are encouraged to download app and access up-to-date and FMOH approved COVID-19 content.

The courses and materials to be offered on the COVID-19-Ethiopia platform are: Surveillance; Case Management; Laboratory; Infection Prevention and Control; Risk Communication and Community Engagement and COVID-19 handbook for Health Workers.

Users can download the COVID-19 Ethiopia Training App from the Google Playstore.

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