WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. WHO seeks to mobilize and strengthen education activities at the local, national, regional and global levels to change the educational, social, economic and political conditions of the people. The WHO Fellowship Programme has been among the first programme created since the founding of WHO in 1948. The WHO Fellowship Programme is a collaboration between WHO member states to share knowledge of health practices and develop health professionals. With more than 1000 fellows per year and approximately 120 000 fellows trained under this programme, WHO is considered to be the biggest single fellowship provider within the United Nations System. In this programme they focus on the developing countries to build their capacities in practically all technical areas.
Strategic directions of the Fellowship programme will be guided by monitoring fellowship trends, training needs identified by the countries to upgrade workforce production, evaluation and impact assessment results towards country capacity building in HRH development. The strategic directions will cover the best practices from WHO Regions and other United Nations Agencies, use innovative approaches in education and training, advocate partnerships and resource mobilization and to ensure monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes and impact of the Fellowship programme.
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Some of the WHO fellowships are listed below:
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Fellowships: A PAHO/WHO Fellowship is a specially tailored training activity for the purpose of fulfilling specific learning objectives. It may be of short or long duration, and takes place in a training institution or in the field inside or outside of the Fellow’s country. It is awarded in response to nationally approved health or health-related priorities in the context of Health.
WHO Regional Office for Africa – Health sciences education systems including medical education: In this Programme WHO helps it’s supporting countries for strengthening national education systems, including schools and universities, to support the development of all types of health workers.
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) Fellowships: The WHO EMRO fellowship programme support Member States to upgrade the production of health personnel to overcome critical challenges in human resources for health. It provides training for individuals and groups in the fulfilment of specific learning objectives, corresponding to approved health and health-related plans, policies and priorities. Such training may be of short or long duration and may take place in an appropriate training institution or the field inside or outside the fellow’s home country.
WHO Internship Programme: WHO Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO. The duration of WHO internships is between six weeks to three months. Exceptionally, internships may be extended up to a maximum of 24 weeks depending on your degree requirements.