The Zambia Field Epidemiology Training Programme (ZFETP) continued to support core functions of disease intelligence at Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) through activities conducted by alumni, programme staff and residents during the period October through December 2018.
The Southern Province of Zambia had a suspected Typhoid outbreak during the fourth quarter of 2018 where two alumni of advanced FETP, currently working in the Province, took the lead in the investigation and control of the outbreak. During the same period, one graduate from cohort-two was selected to offer solidarity support to a disease outbreak in a neighboring county to Zambia. These two examples illustrate some of the disease intelligence works exhibited both by alumni and current cohorts.
Other key achievements during the period include: Launch of the third cohort of Frontline FETP key to FETP is mentorship and ZFETP alumni and year-two residents participated in mentoring the frontline residents subsequent to workshop one residents participated, by making both oral and poster presentations, at the Zambia Health Research Conference held in Lusaka; residents participated at the 7th AFENET conference in Maputo
The Zambia FETP undertook an exchange visit to Zimbabwe FETP to learn from key successes and challenges the programme has had. This is a practice among other FELTP programs in the African Field Epidemiology Network
In its contribution to national public health security, Zambia FETP alumni participated in an Ebola virus disease training that took place in the period October through November 2019 in Lusaka
ZFETP has strategically planned to enroll a cohort of advanced FETP each year; the programme launched the third cohort in December 2018