The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) has started implementation of the Intermediate FETP, a 9-month competency-based training that aims to strengthen the health system.
The training which started last month is being implemented by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) with support of the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This milestone is part of Nigeria’s effort in building epidemiologic capacity for outbreak response and general health security of the country.
The Intermediate FETP features real world problem solving, adult learning principles, mentored learning in class & field and is adapted to national and local health needs.
The overarching goals of the Intermediate FETP are:
- Strengthening epidemiologic capacity at the middle level of the health system.
- Improving the capacity of Health ministries and their agencies to identify, investigate, respond to, and communicate public health threats.
A total of 15 individuals across Nigeria successfully applied and were accepted for the Intermediate FETP. Facilitators for this program are drawn from the NCDC, AFENET, and the affiliate universities including the University of Ibadan and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.
Residents are being trained in: Public health surveillance system operations, Surveillance system evaluation, Basic data analysis and interpretation, Outbreak investigation and response. They are also being trained in designing and conducting of cross-sectional studies, Epi Info 7 — data entry, management, analysis, Training and mentoring skills, as well as scientific communication — written and oral and Field work.