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DRC conducts module adaptation training in preparation for intermediate FETP commencement

As part of the preliminary activities necessary for the implementation of the intermediate level of the FETP program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is holding a residential workshop.

The 15 – 24 June 2022 workshop brought together partners from the Ministries of Public Health, Hygiene, and Prevention; Fisheries and Livestock; Environment; and the Higher Education and Universities in collaboration with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to review and adapt the intermediate FETP module for training in DRC.

Fourteen experts in field epidemiology, including the AFENET technical team (5) led by the Regional Technical Coordinator for Central and Indian Ocean Region, Dr. Alain Magazani, FETP graduates (6), Ministry of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention (MSPHP) experts (2) from the General Directorate for Disease Control (DGLM) and the Epidemiology Surveillance Department (DSE), and the Kinshasa School of Public Health (1), are meeting to revisit and contextualize the standard modules designed by CDC Atlanta, review the curriculum, and validate the training materials.

The modules planned for the 4 didactics workshops of the training program have been contextualized and updated. The case studies are contextualized as much as possible to be close to the realities of the country; the field activities are well defined in relation to the profile of learners expected for the first intermediate cohort. The revised modules, materials, and curriculum will be shared with the various stakeholders for a second reading with selected candidates, mentors and trainers designated and briefed prior to the first intermediate cohort workshop.

According to Dr. Alain Magazani, this review is a very important step for the establishment of the new level of FETP in DRC in addition to the advanced and frontline FETP. “This new level is very important to scale up the number of well-trained epi in less than a year in order to achieve the target of 1 epidemiologist per 200,000 population, especially in countries with a high risk of health emergencies. Most of the countries of the Central African Francophone Region only offer the frontline level training except the DRC and Cameroun. It will be important to increase the number of intermediate FETPs in the region to allow countries to face current and upcoming challenges in public health.”

The Intermediate FETP is a field epidemiology training for mid-level health managers in a "One Health" approach under technical and financial support from the US CDC. The first cohort in DRC is scheduled to take place in Kinshasa on 11 July 2022 and will target 10 participants recruited from 5 provinces.