A public health approach to stroke and NCDs: Register your interest in the digital course


The aim of this course is to improve and broaden the understanding of stroke as well as its links to the Sustainable Development Goals by decision-makers, policy-makers, lay people, journalists, public health practitioners, post-graduate students, and early career-level health professionals and patients.

Such a broader understanding of stroke by a wider audience can help to place stroke on the global development and health agenda and to strengthen country capacity to address stroke and NCDs through a public health approach.

The course has been designed and kept as simple as possible with this need in mind, particularly in the context of low- and middle-income countries.

The Geneva Learning Foundation is offering this course through the Scholar Partnership, with the University of Illinois College of Education and Learning Strategies International (LSi).


Shanthi Mendis is an expert in Global Health and was former Senior Adviser/Director, Prevention and Management of Noncommunicable Diseases in the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland. For nearly two decades she led WHO’s  technical support  and innovative training initiatives in low and middle income countries and contributed to moving  the global agenda forward in noncommunicable diseases. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh and of the American College of Cardiology. She started her medical career in the UK and prior to joining WHO, practiced  Medicine in the UK and USA and was engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education as Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine,  Sri Lanka. Her areas of expertise are global public health, medical education, internal medicine, cardiology, research and  health policy development and capacity strengthening in developing countries.

Costs for individuals and organisations

The course may be audited at no cost to individual participants without certification.

Certification will require successful completion of all course requirements as well as completion of a summative assessment at the end of the course. This cost of this assessment has been set at 990 Swiss Francs (CHF) per participant.

Organisations whose staff participate in the course will be invited to contribute to recovering its costs. The amount of this voluntary cost contribution has been set at 990 Swiss Francs (CHF) per participant. This includes the delivery of a certificate upon successful completion of all course requirements, as well as supplementary tutoring and support.


Dates and additional details for this course will be announced soon on this page.

Please register your interest using the form below.

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