The Central African Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (CAFELTP) was officially established in October 2010 at the University of Yaoundé I, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The participating countries include Cameroun, Central African Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The program emphasizes on applied field training more than theoretical classroom style teaching, with 25% of time designated for didactics, and 75% for field practice. CAFETP was designed in recognition of the need to strengthen the public health system of the Central African region, and to enhance the capacity of the region to carry out effective disease surveillance, outbreak investigations and response
The primary objectives of CAFELTP include:
- Developing leadership in public health;
- Providing epidemiological services;
- Educating and training public health professionals in epidemiology and laboratory sciences;
- Supporting public health laboratory services; and
- Providing technical support and advisory services to key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health.
In 2013, alongside the Central African Republic, Chad became a member of the CAFETP.