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Liberia field epidemiology training program hosts Somalia FETP, US CDC teams

To foster a good working relationship, the Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) hosted the Somalia FETP team from August 22 to September 1, 2022. 

The purpose of the visit was to share the experiences, best practices, and lessons learned of the Liberia FETP in implementing the frontline program in the West African country for over five years. 

Activities covered during the visit were meetings with the leadership of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the staff of the LFETP. Other activities included site visits to a sub-national level graduate in Margibi County and a tour of the National Reference Laboratory of Liberia.

 The Somalian team after meeting with the leadership of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia

Front (L-R): Hon. Jane MaCauley, Director General, NPHIL, and Abdifatah Ahmed (NIH Director, Somalia)

Behind (L-R): Fidel Wiah (Comptroller, NPHIL), Dr. Maame Amo-Addae (FETP Resident Advisor and Country Technical Lead, Liberia), Dr. Tatek Bongale (AFENET Regional Technical Coordinator Horn of Africa), Daud Ibrahim Ahmed (Training Director NIH Somalia), Kasim Maadi (Somalia FETP Resident Advisor), Dr. Donne Ameme (AFENET Regional Technical Coordinator Anglophone West Africa), and Dr. Julius Gilayeneh (Deputy Director General, Technical Services, NPHIL)

US CDC Team Visit

In a related development, a team from the Workforce Institute Development Branch, department of Global Health Protection of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), visited AFENET Liberia from August 22 to September 1, 2022. The visiting delegation was warmly received by the AFENET Liberia team.

The purpose of the visit was to improve understanding of LFETP’s strengths and weaknesses and support the program on its path towards institutionalization. They had an introductory meeting with the leadership of NPHIL.

The US CDC team, represented by Gina Engler and Ellen Yard had an engagement with different programs/projects implemented by AFENET Liberia. These programs/projects include the FETP, Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) Surveillance, rapid response team (RRT), risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) and adverse events following immunization (AEFI) surveillance, Polio BMGR and Polio GID, and The National Action Plan for Public Health Security (NAPHS). The team also engaged with residents and reviewed their presentations for the National Scientific Conference and TEPHINET Conference that were coming up at the time.

Gina Engler and Dr. Ellen Yard, alongside the Somalia FETP team met with FETP graduate from Margibi County Health Team