In Uganda graduates of field epidemiology training programs have been central in the country’s response. At district level they form the technical arm of the district task force that is important to rapidly respond to health threats based at sub national level; and have in addition, quickly scaled out response capacity training to health facility level to marshal up even more responders.
From April 6-22, 2020, district level graduates of Uganda Frontline FETP together with the program Resident Advisor trained staff of hospitals and lower level health facilities within Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital catchment area in an effort to expand COVID-19 rapid response capacity throughout the region. The objective was to ensure all district health workers understand strategic control issues including infection prevention and control, case detection, case management, quarantine and isolation and have mitigating measures in place for any such eventualities.
Investment in efforts to devolve emergency response capacity to subnational levels as part of health emergency threats preparedness has proven to bear fruit. This has been shown to be very true for COVID-19 which, as experience has proven, can quickly overwhelm any county’s response capacity