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Short Course on COVID-19 for Healthcare professionals a South African approach - E-learning



South Africa is now the epicentre of COVID-19 cases within Africa with over 19 000 recorded cases. This changes the playing field from the scenario earlier when no cases had been recorded yet. It requires that Healthcare Providers must be rapidly brought up to speed with new developments globally, but also in the context of the South African specific challenges.

The way we will manage the challenges, will determine if we are able to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 cases. Has what we planned and theorised about before, informed our actions constructively now? Is South Africa able to respond to the challenges effectively and efficiently? These and more, are all questions that our subject matter experts attempt to answer in this UPDATE on COVID-19 for Healthcare Providers. The rapidly evolving picture of COVID-19 calls for a continuous assessment and adaptation of strategy and practical implementation plans to ensure we stay ahead of this ever-growing pandemic.


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Exit Level Outcomes

  • Correlate international and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic and understand the rationale behind different response strategies.
  • Apply screening and diagnostic criteria for COVID-19 and implement relevant treatment modalities.
  • Apply facility infection preventative measures in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Who Should Enrol

All registered healthcare workers that are standing on the frontline in responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Course Design

This course is offered as an online learning activity that was designed by experts in the field and is supplemented with additional resources to provide you with an all rounded learning experience.

Course Content

  • The novel virus, epidemiology, outbreak in China, infectiousness/attack rate (Dr Terry Marshall)
  • Epidemiology and public health responses to COVID-19 Pandemic (Dr Kerrigan McCarthy)
  • Infection control and inpatient management of COVID-19 (Prof Anton Stoltz)
  • Personal Protective Equipment including N95 (Ms Katekane Ngobeni)
  • Management of COVID-19 Patients in the Emergency Unit (Prof Andreas Engelbrecht)


Participants will be assessed by means of multiple-choice questions for which a minimum pass mark of 70% needs to be achieved in order to be successful.


Accredited according to the HPCSA Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 10 Clinical CPD points on level 2.


FPD will award participants that have successfully completed all learning activities and passed the assessment with a certificate of completion