The Namibia Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NamFELTP) held a graduation for Frontline graduates of the program.
The started in 2012 with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia. The program started with the three-month basic or Frontline training and, in 2014, the two-year advanced training began. The NamFELTP is housed within the Epidemiology Division under the Health Information and Research Directorate of the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The program is fully within the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The program is run in collaboration with the University of Namibia which matriculates residents of the two-year advanced program in a Master of Science in Applied Field Epidemiology degree program.
We train a team-mix of medical doctors, nurses, veterinarians, laboratory scientists and environmental practitioners. The objectives of the program are:
• To strengthen public health capacity by developing a cadre of health professionals with advanced skills in applied epidemiology and laboratory management
• To improve national capacity to address prominent health concerns and to respond to public health emergencies
• To strengthen national surveillance and analytical capacity through a team approach (physicians, nurses, surveillance officers, veterinarians, laboratorians and environmental health professionals)
• The program produces highly skilled public health experts with advanced knowledge in field epidemiology to respond to any public health emergency or threat.