The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC), held a two day workshop from 16 – 17 November 2017 at the Africa CDC in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, focusing on Expanding Horizons for Public health workforce Development in Africa.
AFENET among other partners met to discuss a coordinated approach for public health workforce development on the African continent. The Africa CDC was officially launched on 31 January 2017 by the African Union. Through the workshop, the Africa CDC aimed to identify existing capacities in Africa in workforce development with respect to the various sectors and disciplines of public health practice; to identify areas of collaboration and partnership on training programs with all existing partners in the Africa; and to brainstorm on a development of a manual for workforce agenda.
Dr Chima Ohuabunwo – Executive Director AFENET, made a presentation on behalf of AFENET accompanied by Dr Olivia Namusisi- Technical Advisor and Ms Lillian Kironde- Administrator. AFENET has been instrumental in the setup of the Africa CDC Fellowship Program. AFENET is among the core members that helped to set up the Africa Health volunteer’s corps-a network of public health workforce that will be drawn upon to respond to any public health emergency of the continent. AVoHC will be hosted and coordinated by the African CDC.
The Africa CDC Fellowship Program aims for long-term public health workforce development: field epidemiology training programs to include veterinary public health, laboratory training programs and public health informatics, continuing professional development short courses, and plans to have Africa CDC fellowship and scholarship programs for young Africans.