BackgroundHealth workers are at forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 and key to protect the community from infection. Their occupational safety and health are therefore fundamental for any country’s response to the crisis.
The ILO and WHO are joining forces to support their member states to better protect healthcare workers through the implementation of the HealthWISE training. Both organizations jointly developed the programme in 2014, and since then, it has been widely implemented in many healthcare facilities and settings across the world. Evidence has shown that HealthWISE is a practical tool which empowers healthcare workers to protect their health and safety at work.
Since 2015, the ILO China’s HIV Programme has been working with its national partners to implement the HealthWISE training programme in over 130 hospitals across the country.
But, the training programme had never been rolled out in Hubei, one of the Chinese provinces hardest hit by the COVID-19. As the spread of the virus is now under control in the province, the need for HealthWISE training became very obvious. Therefore, the ILO Beijing Office now cooperates with the Beijing Union Medical College in implementing a series of on-line HealthWISE Training sessions for healthcare workers across the province.
Healthcare workers deserve full recognition for their tremendous work during the crisis and protecting their lives must be a key priority!
Training sessionsFive training sessions focusing on the following modules will be organized.
- Biological hazards and infection control with special reference to HIV and TB (Module 3)
- Selecting, storing and managing equipment and supplies (Module 8)
- Tackling discrimination, harassment and violence at workplace (Module 4)
- Working time and family-friendly measures (Module 7)
- Musculoskeletal hazards and ergonomic solutions (Module 2)