The 3rd Cohort of fellows of the Public Health Fellowship Program (PHFP), Field Epidemiology Track graduated on 30 January 2019 in Kampala Uganda
The PHFP is an initiative to develop the next generation of public health leadership for Uganda. The goal of the program is to develop a competent workforce by learning-through-service and responding to real public health problems of Uganda.
In her opening remarks, the Dean of the School of Public Health, Makerere University – Prof Rhoda Wanyenze congratulated the fellows upon completion of a challenging but fruitful two-year program.
“The Program enhances evidence based decision making and continues the partnership between the Ministry of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” she said.
Prof Wanyenze said the program has enrolled 55 fellows with participation in more than 100 investigations in 4 years. Fellows are to reinforce the capacity of the Ministry of Health and have as of 2018 implemented over 250 projects in the country.
Representing the Ministry of health, Dr Charles Olaro in a speech emphasized the quality of skill and usefulness in improving health in Uganda. He stated that fellows add on the force needed to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks such as the looming Ebola in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Also speaking at the graduation was the Executive Director, AFENET, Dr Chima Ohuabunwo, who spoke to the uniqueness of the Uganda Program and said AFENET has been collaborating with partners to build Public Health workforce for over 15 years. With support from CDC, AFENET has produced over 3000 graduates who are available to meet the public health need.
Representing the World Health Organization was Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam who congratulated the fellows upon completion and thanked partners for the support to the fellowship program.
Crowing the event was the US Ambassador, HE. Deborah Malac who emphasized that there is no substitute for people from communities, going out to detect and respond to diseases.
Ambassador Malac handed certificates to graduates as well as the award to Dr Suzan Kizito for Best Performance in the Fellowship.