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Somalia inaugurates third cohort of frontline field epidemiology training program

Somalia inaugurated the third Cohort of Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), on 18 September 2022 in Mogadishu.

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) with support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, Somalia, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Public Health Agency of Sweden are spearheading the initiation and implementation of the Frontline FETP in Somalia. 

The inauguration was officiated by the Deputy Minister for Health and Human Services, His Excellence Dr Mohamed Hasen Mohamed, followed by a keynote speech made by The Director of the National Institute of Health Dr Abdifatah Ahmed, WHO country Director of Somalia Dr. Mamanur Malik, Dr Tatek Bogale - AFENET(virtually), and Ms. Engler Gene - US CDC (virtually).  

Somalia inaugurated the first cohort of the frontline FETP on 29 August 2021. Since then, two subsequent cohorts have graduated from the program with a total of 44 health workers who were selected from all national and subnational levels.

They have since improved the surveillance rate in the country, investigated, and participated in response to more than 40 disease outbreaks. The training has empowered the country’s fragile health system.

According to officials this demonstrates a strong will by the FMOH to build a resilient and self-reliant public health system with the capacity to detect, investigate and respond to any public health emergency including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.