Residents and graduates of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) are involved in 4 outbreaks in DRC. The DRC FETP alongside the Ministry of Health are responding to the 10th and 11th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreaks, as well as Polio and COVID-19.
A total of 69 FETP residents supported by United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through AFENET are currently in the field and 20 more will be deployed soon in the Equateur Province. In total 89 FETP residents and graduates will be supported in the response. The DRC FETP has also assigned 107 FETP residents and graduates who are currently in the field with partner organizations responding to different outbreaks.
The integrated approach strategy works by reinforcing the national public health surveillance and response system. The objective of the integrated response is for; effective and efficient use of resources; improve the flow and use of information for detecting and responding to the various public health threats; and to improve DRC’s capacity to detect and respond to the ongoing disease outbreaks.