Target Audience

This activity is specifically designed for:

  • Public health experts

  • Policy makers

  • Stakeholders in the education and finance sectors and conveners of mass gatherings

  • Civil societies

  • Border securities


The purpose of this three-part course is to strengthen knowledge around COVID-19 testing strategies; to facilitate critical discussions around current policies promoting safe environments for schools, workplaces, travel and mass gatherings; and to help develop an effective policy framework for decision making around current lockdowns and restrictions.

  • Understanding COVID-19 Testing Strategies: Review current COVID-19 testing technologies and strategies and identify major challenges to implementation of successful testing programs

  • Addressing Testing Challenges: Share best practices from selected countries and explore policy tradeoffs and evolving strategies to address implementation challenges

  • Policy Framework for COVID-19 Testing: Identify risk mitigation strategies with COVID-19 testing and discuss a COVID-19 policy framework

Key Topics

This course covers the following topics:

  • Policy discussions on tests and frequency of screening in schools and workplaces

  • Testing strategies to ensure safe environments for mass gatherings

  • Testing at border entry and follow-up testing

  • How to turn data into intelligence to inform control strategies and public health policies to decrease social disruption and economic hardship

Course Directors

Professor Rosanna Peeling, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

Professor David Heymann, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom


  • Professor Piero Olliaro, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Carlos Gouvea, Latin American Alliance for In Vitro Diagnostic Development (ALADDiV), Brazil

  • Dr. Noah Fongwen, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & Africa CDC, United Kingdom

  • Professor YY Teo, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Singapore

  • Professor Manaf AlQahtani, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, Bahrain

  • Dr. Amadou Sall, Insitut Pasteur Dakar, Senegal

  • Dr. Yenew Kebede, Tebeje Africa CDC, Ethiopia

  • Dr. Patricia Garcia, Cayetano University, former Minister of Health, Peru

  • Dr. Sidney Yee, Diagnostics Development Hub, Singapore

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