WHO / LYON ACADEMY

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President of the France, Emmanuel Macron, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, today broke ground for the WHO Academy’s campus in the French city of Lyon. WHO

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DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2021, LYON, FRANCE

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1.Zoom in, Macron and Tedros greeting
2.Close up, Guard of Honor
3.Zoom out, Macron and Tedros entering
4.Various shots, model of the Academy building and dedication plate
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"As you know, today is a great day for WHO, with the groundbreaking ceremony for the WHO Academy. But we also like to think it’s a great day for Lyon and France, because it makes this great city and this great nation the platform from which we hope to have a huge global impact. The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of how critical health workers are, and why they need investment, decent jobs, and the most up-to-date information, competencies and tools to keep their communities healthy and safe. That’s what the WHO Academy is all about. It will be a school for the future, and a school for the world. Our ambitions are to transform lifelong learning for health impact globally."
6.Cutaway, Makron and Tedros at6 the press conference
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"Using state-of-the-art learning technologies and advancements in learning science, the Academy will expand worldwide access to the highest quality learning. It will deliver multilingual, personalised learning programmes in digital, in-person and blended formats – anywhere in the world. And it will go beyond the transfer of knowledge, to building the competencies of millions of people, including health workers, managers, educators, ministries of health and the general public. The Academy will include a high-tech simulation facility, unlike any in the world, which will use virtual and augmented reality simulate disaster response and other health emergencies, in realistic field conditions. It will also be a centre of learning and career development for WHO’s own workforce."
8. Various shots, Lyon skyline

STORYLINE:

President of the France, Emmanuel Macron, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, today broke ground for the WHO Academy’s campus in the French city of Lyon.

The event marks a milestone in fulfilling a previous commitment by the two leaders to establish a WHO Academy in Lyon’s bio-medical district to meet the needs of WHO Member States and a growing global health workforce for expanded access to life-long learning, health guidance and competency-building.

The quickening pace of scientific discovery and advancement of technology is making it more difficult for health workers, policy makers and other public health practitioners to keep up with evidence-based health practice and policy. As a result, it often takes more than a decade to put important life-saving guidelines into practice.

This is a key reason why no country is currently on track to achieve all of the health targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The COVID-19 pandemic has also disrupted life-long learning systems, generating growing demand for digital learning.

“Today is a great day for WHO, with the groundbreaking ceremony for the WHO Academy,” said Dr Tedros. “The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of how critical health workers are, and why they need investment, decent jobs, and the most up-to-date information, competencies and tools to keep their communities healthy and safe."

He added: “The Academy will include a high-tech simulation facility, unlike any in the world, which will use virtual and augmented reality simulate disaster response and other health emergencies, in realistic field conditions. It will also be a centre of learning and career development for WHO’s own workforce."

From its campus in Lyon, the Academy will provide millions of people around the world with rapid access to the highest quality life-long learning in health. It will offer multilingual, personalized learning programmes in digital, in-person and blended formats, deploying the latest evidence-based health guidance, state-of-the-art learning technologies and advancements in the science of adult learning.

The Academy aims to expand access to critical learning to health workers, managers, public health officials, educators, researchers, policy makers and people who provide care in their own homes and communities, as well as to WHO’s own workforce throughout the world. The vast majority will use online means to access the Academy’s programmes, which will be made available via desktop and mobile devices and in low-bandwidth settings, thereby ensuring an equitable, global and diverse cohort of learners.

Additionally, the WHO Academy will:

Harness the capabilities of new, high-impact technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and serious educational games to deliver health learning for maximum impact.
Formally recognize the competencies gained by learners through “digital credentials” that they can show to employers and regulatory agencies to help advance their careers.
Offer more than 100 major learning programmes by 2023, with flagship credentialed programmes for COVID-19 Vaccine Equity, Universal Health Coverage, Health Emergencies and Healthier Lives. The Academy will also offer its learners streamlined access to WHO’s full breadth of hundreds of e-learning programmes currently spread over 20 digital learning platforms as well as access to high quality learning programmes developed by others.
When it opens in 2024, the WHO Academy campus in Lyon will have high-tech and people-centred spaces designed for collaborative learning, educational research and innovation. It will also host a world-class health emergencies simulation centre that will use high-fidelity technologies to enable health workers to sharpen their competencies amid realistic scenarios including mass casualties and disease outbreaks.

During today’s event at Lyon’s Cité Internationale, President Macron and Dr Tedros reviewed an architectural model of the building and talked via video-link with health workers who have participated in the Academy’s Mass Casualty Management programme, which is already operating in several countries including France, Greece, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Somalia.

WHO also used the occasion to announce the appointment, which became effective on 16 August 2021, of Dr Agnès Buzyn as the Academy’s Executive Director. She has been serving since January as the WHO Director-General’s Envoy for Multilateral Affairs, during which time she has also supervised the Academy project.

As a WHO Member State and a key actor in global health, France is the lead investor in the Academy’s development, having committed more than 120 million euros to support its establishment and infrastructure. This achievement is possible thanks to the collective actions, commitment and financial support of the City of Lyon and the Lyon Metropole, as well as from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which contributed 25 million euros of the total investment. The region will own the campus and lease it to WHO.
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