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On 13 September 2019, the Sierra Leone FETP team bid farewell to their Resident Advisor, Dr. Marta Guerra CDC.

Commencement of FETP Intermediate Cohort III in Sierra Leone

Cohort III Intermediate FETP commenced with an orientation on 16 September 2019. The program recruited 15 participants from various districts including: 4 national staff, 2 Bombali, 2 Koinadugu, 2 Kambia, 1 Kailahun, 2 Bonthe, 1 Bo, 1 Tonkolili and 1 Kenema district.

Sierra Leone FETP is a service-based training program whose purpose is to train public health workers in the principles and practices of field epidemiology.  The program was established following the 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa.

Integrating the DQA/DHIS2 training module with the DQA FETP

District level trainings on Data Quality Assessment (DQA) using the DHIS2 platform were held in August 2019. The Sierra Leone FETP-frontline program will be useful for cascading the training to health staff in Sierra Leone. The integration of the DQA/DHIS2 module with the FETP-frontline as it relates with Sierra Leone will make an impact on surveillance data quality in Sierra Leone. 

Integration of findings from FETP-frontline on Health Facility- IDSR gaps with IDSR supportive supervision 

Following Cohort VI residents field placement, the Sierra Leone FETP is integrating findings /weaknesses in health facilities. 

These finding were shared with the National and District Health Management Teams, for integration with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Response (IDSR) supportive supervision in the third quarter of 2019. 

This exercise has been useful in providing targeted IDSR support to the health facilities.

Electronic Case Based Disease Surveillance system (eCBDS)

Sierra Leone is among the first African countries to implement a case based disease surveillance system alongside the weekly surveillance system. The system has been piloted in four regional districts including Bo, Bombali, Kenema and Western Area Urban. National, District and facility staff have been trained on the web and mobile application data collection tools for reporting and analysis of surveillance data.

Participants in one of the facility trainings in Kenema district, Sierra Leone