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46 Ethiopian police officers complete frontline field epidemiology training

Forty-six police officers have graduated from the frontline training tier under the Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training program at an event that saw the signing of a memorandum of understanding on public health emergency management. 

Signed on 17 February 2020, the  had the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, the Defence Main Health Department of the Ministry of National Defence and the Federal Police Commission as the principal entities.  Present were representatives from major organizations: Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI); Ministry of National Defense (MOND); Federal Police Commission (FPC) ; Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA); US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET).

The Frontline FETP aims to improve disease surveillance and response to fill the gap brought about by a lack of field epidemiologists at the local levels. Since 1980, FETPs have trained highly qualified field epidemiologists to work for ministries of health  around the world. The 2013–2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which primarily affected Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, demonstrated that trained epidemiologists at these levels could have detected the Ebola outbreak earlier. 

In 2015, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a 3-month frontline field training program (targeting local MoH staff in 24 countries to supplement local public health capacity. As of December 2016, FETP-Frontline has trained 1,354 graduates in 24 countries. FETP-Frontline boosts global health security by training local public health staff to improve surveillance quality in their areas of influence. This strategy has been seen to strengthen the capacity of countries to more rapidly detect, respond to, and contain public health emergencies at the source.

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Participants at the FETP-Frontline Graduation on 17 February 2021 at the Haile Resort Adama, Ethiopia