Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

United States (U.S.) Training Program Graduates 35 New “Disease Detectives” in Sierra Leone – African Business

U.S.A. graduated their Field Epidemiology Training Program graduates on August 29, 2022. Ambassador David Reimer joined the Ministry of Health and Sanitation leadership and other dignitaries to congratulate graduates of the Field Epidemiology Training Program, which trains “disease detectives” to investigate outbreaks of disease and find ways to prevent future outbreaks. The 12Th cohort of The Frontline level and the 5th cohort of the Intermediate level of the program demonstrates the ongoing commitment to strengthen workforce capacity at each level of the public health system in Sierra Leone.

“The Field Epidemiology Training Program is modeled on the United States’ own best practices,” noted Ambassador Reimer. “The U.S. government, through CDC, is committed to supporting impactful programs like FETP in Sierra Leone. This is a mission both of our governments share, and the Government of Sierra Leone has shown real leadership in establishing and building disease surveillance capacity at all levels.”

These trainings have a broad impact beyond the individual, their communities, and regions.  As the global spread and threat of monkeypox and other global health threats has shown, disease prevention and control are more important than ever. The FETP residents have conducted investigations into Lassa fever and other diseases such as Ebola Virus disease, Anthrax and Monkey pox, COVID-19, Polio, Ebola Virus disease, Monkey pox, Measles and COVID-19.  Former trainees are also working with their counterparts in Kenema to investigate the horrific incident of food poisoning. The new graduates join a remarkable network of over 300 FETP alumni and will act as mentors and leaders to future FETP residents.

This program is a collaboration between the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It aims to increase the number of trained public-health leaders in Sierra Leone.

Distributed by APO Group, U.S. Embassy Sierra Leone

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Source: african.business

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