The Uganda FETP held a graduation for Cohort VIII on 12 April 2018 at Bomah hotel Gulu district, Uganda. Cohort VIII frontline trainees comprised of 42 trainees including: District Health Officers, Assistant District Health Officers, District Laboratory Focal Persons, Disease Surveillance Focal Persons, Biostaticians and Veterinary Officers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) has supported the Uganda Frontline since January 2016. The CDC has been supporting the Uganda MoH to implement Frontline FETP in collaboration with the African Field Epidemiology Network.
Frontline-FETP is a CDC initiative that engenders practical, skills and competencies among primary health care workers. The goal of frontline FETP is to strengthen countries’ capacity in surveillance, epidemiology, and outbreak response. The main objectives of these three months in service training programs are
- to Increase the appreciation of the role of data among local public health workers for monitoring the health of the community and for providing information for decision-making,
- Improve the skills of local public health workers in basic data collection & analysis, interpretation, and communication,
- Improve the quality and use of surveillance data at the local level.
In Uganda among other countries, the Frontline FETP is equipping healthcare workers with knowledge and practical skills in disease surveillance and outbreak investigation and control. Target participants for Frontline FETP are district health managers and key personnel involved in disease surveillance. These healthcare workers are trained in and mentored on principles of effective disease detection, investigation and response. Participants who complete this course become catalysts for change in their districts, improving surveillance systems, strengthening capacity to address emerging and endemic health threats, and promoting a culture of data-driven decision making. Trainees were selected with priority given to health personnel working in districts that shared borders with neighboring countries or hosting refugees. These districts were Yumbe, Koboko, Moyo, Adjumani, Zombo and Nebbi all in the West Nile region.