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Developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Pacific Ministries of Health, Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) provides online learning opportunities for health workers in the Pacific. Our mission is to develop a knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce using relevant, effective and quality e-learning.

We partner with academic institutions to provide online continuing professional development courses. We offer sponsorship for postgraduate programs, as well as access to recognised self-paced courses on health topics.

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Investigation and Response to Food Safety Incidents and Emergencies


Programmatic Approaches for AYSRH


Family Planning and HIV Service Integration


Infection Prevention and Control


Infection Prevention and Control (Advanced)


Best Practices for Food Establishment Inspectors


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Interview with Dental Hygienist Kilton Pelobule

Success Story from the Solomon Islands on POLHN Free Courses   Tell us something about your work and yourself. My name is Kilton Pelobule. I was born and bred in the Solomon Islands. I am employed by the Dental Department 

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Updated WHO guidelines on Tuberculosis

Published on: 20 March, 2019

  Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its recommendations on Tuberculosis (TB) infection prevention and control. These guidelines aim to provide a new evidence-based framework for tackling the illness, primarily focused on administrative, engineering, and respiratory protection controls. 

International Food Safety Conference 2019

Published on: 26 February, 2019

There are around 600 million cases of foodborne disease around the world every year. In low- and middle- income countries, these also cause a massive economic burden, costing at least US$100 billion annually. The emerging challenges that come with climate 

New WHO Director for the Western Pacific is appointed

Published on: 13 February, 2019

The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 144th session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Takeshi Kasai as Regional Director for WHO’s Western Pacific Region, and re-appointed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh for a second term as Regional Director for WHO’s South-East Asia Region.

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6 Pieces Of Tech That Can Help With Mobility 

It’s estimated that 17% of people in the Pacific have some sort of disability, which is around 1.7 million people. Many of these disabilities will affect the person’s mobility, whether it’s that they need a wheelchair to move around or they’re blind 

The Rise of Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) should be a thing of the past, something only our elders feared and died of. However, TB is still one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about a third 

Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease in the Pacific Island Countries

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a significant and common health problem in most Pacific island countries and worldwide. CVDs are the number one cause of death in the world. In the Western Pacific region, there is a 16.2% chance of dying of 

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