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The occurrence of several large outbreaks of highly contagious and serious influenza such as avian flu, SARS, and lately H1N1 has raised international concern of a new influenza virus with potential to emerge and become pandemic. WHO is responding in many areas including prevention and control of these acute respiratory diseases (ARDs).  ARDs are of particular international health concern because the pathogens that cause ARDs can be transmitted via respiratory
aerosols and may be more difficult to control. There always is a possibility of new virus could evolve to produce the next pandemic. In order to prepare professionals and communities to respond to ARDs effectively, WHO has produced training tools as basis for training and providing information and other strategies to control epidemic/pandemic-prone ARDs in community settings.

In order to ensure the accessibility and utilization of the training tools, 9 experts from 6 countries were invited to WHO and were oriented on these tools during 25-26 September, 2008.  At the end of this orientation meeting, it was decided that each expert will translate and modify the tools to be implemented in his/her own country and will offer trainers’ training sessions to spread the information.  Also, as a coordinator of this initiative, Republic of Korea will operate the web page to increase the accessibility of the tools and information.  Other experts from China (Hong Kong), Thailand (Chiang Mai), Egypt, Jordan, and Bahrain will translate and revised the tools to be implemented in their own countries and continue the training.  Thus, here are the tools in 7 different languages which could be used by any health care workers to carryout training on measures for health care of patients with ARDs in community settings.