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23 health workers graduate from Somalia Frontline FETP

The second cohort of Somalia Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) comprising 18 males and five females graduated on 19 July 2022. The graduation ceremony took place in the capital Mogadishu, and was officiated by the Director of National Institute of Health (NIH) Somalia Dr. Abdifatah Ahmed.

Other officials at the ceremony included the AFENET Technical Regional Coordinator for the Horn of Africa Region  Dr Tatek Bogale,  and –the WHO representative Dr. Marina Madeo. The CDC representative Dr. Ellen Yard had her pre-recorded video remarks relayed at the ceremony.The ceremony was closed by the Director General of the Ministry of Health Somalia H.E Dr. Abdinasir Mukhtar who represented the minister of health.

The 23 graduates were awarded certificates for completion for the 3-month training. The goal of the program is to strengthen epidemiologic capacity at the district level of the health system by improving the staff ability to detect, investigate, and respond to diseases and events of public health importance or international concern.

Somalia launched the first ever FETP training in August 2021 and has a total of 21 frontline FETP graduates from the first cohort. Selected graduates from this cohort have been enrolled as peer/co-mentors for the second cohort and have supported trainees in executing their field activities. The second cohort training of the Somalia frontline FETP was launched on 20 March 2022. Consecutive workshops were planned to be held every five weeks, but because of elections, national and religious holidays, and other competing activities, schedule for the second workshop and graduation was postponed by five weeks.