Washington, D.C., February 20, 2018 (PAHO/WHO) - In December 2017, the Virtual Campus (CVSP) of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reached 394,000 users to the online courses offered in its educational platform. This growth represents a 125% increase on 2016.

Two central factors contributed to achieving this phenomenon, on the one hand, the development of new courses with novel alternatives by different PAHO units, promoting human resources for health training in the Region.

On the other hand, the technological advances and the transfer of the Campus´ classrooms to the "cloud" allowed it to grow in number of users and in the diversity of the materials offered in the courses.

During 2017, more than 100,000 users completed self-learning courses, and 27,000 completed courses organized by the Virtual Campus nodes in the countries. In this same period, more than 500 health professionals and students finished the new courses with tutoring offered in the regional platform.

"In recent years, the Virtual Campus has grown a lot in number of users and in number of courses offered. We are happy to know that we are making progress in our mission to support health workers training in the Region through lifelong education", said Gabriel Listovsky, Coordinator of the Virtual Campus.

According to the latest results of the end of course surveys, 90% of the respondents indicated that the topics of the courses were relevant for their professional development and to improve the work processes in their place of work.

Currently, the Campus offers several resources and spaces for the exchange of experiences, knowledge and collaborative learning, such as the workspaces with COMISCA and MERCOSUR. With more than 15 years of history, the CVSP is a PAHO technical cooperation strategy that seeks to contribute to the development of public health competencies of personnel in service and the strengthening of institutional capacities and public health practices in the region of the Americas.

- 394,111 users

- 13 new courses with tutoring

- 60 self-learning courses

- More than 100,000 users finished self-learning courses

- More than 27,000 graduated from courses offered in countries of the region

- 500 graduated from courses with tutoring