Democratic Republic of Congo Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (DRC-FELTP)
Affiliation: University of Kinshasa
The Democratic Republic of Congo FELTP was launched on 13 February 2013 as a partnership between the World Health Organization, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the University of Kinshasa and AFENET. The program has 12 Cohort 1 trainees who are in their final year and 20 Cohort II trainees who started classes from December 2013 to March 2014 and thereafter proceeded for field attachment in April 2014.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo Field Epidemiology and Program (DRC- FELTP) is a national competency-based training and service program in applied epidemiology that helps to develop, institute, and put into practice strong public health strategies to improve, strengthen, and enhance the quality of public health procedures and infrastructure in the countries where they are implemented. Established in December 2013 on the premise of resources through the development of efficient and effective public health surveillance systems.
It was launched on 13 February 2013 as a partnership between the World Health Organization, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the University of Kinshasa and AFENET.
It has conducted five short courses training more than 125 health expects on competency based M&E, HIV programs management, surveillances and zoonosis.
Vision and mission:
The program envisions growing into a lead training program that advances the health of the people of the DRC and beyond, by addressing their public health needs and priorities through training and service in applied epidemiology and laboratory management.
It is undertaking the mission of assisting the Ministries of health and animal resources in building a sustainable network of highly skilled field epidemiologists, laboratory managers, and veterinarians who are capable of improving public health services through:
a) Successful and timely response capacity,
b) Building strong and functional public health surveillance systems,
c) Establishing functional laboratory capacity,
d) Promoting evidence-based decision making, and enhancing collaboration, networking, and research