On 18 August, 2021 the Uganda Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program-Frontline graduated its 12th cohort of participants from 7 districts, bringing the total number of Frontline graduates to 326 since 2016. Participants included 4 district health officers and other members from the district health teams and the Fort Portal regional emergency operations center.
The FETP-Frontline is a 3-month in-service training program to strengthen epidemiological capacity at the district level of the health system by focusing on detection of and response to diseases and events of public health importance or international concern. Participants come together for three classroom workshops; the last workshop includes the graduation. Between workshops, FETP-Frontline participants return to their jobs and complete field projects to practice, implement, and reinforce what they have learned.
The ceremony was graced by the CDC Country Director, Dr. Lisa Nelson, and attended by representatives from Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation – Uganda and Uganda’s Ministry of Health.
While awarding certificates to participants, Dr. Lisa Nelson, congratulated them and informed them of their key role as public health workforce in strengthening disease surveillance and responding to epidemics to end them at the source. She echoed that US CDC will continue to support skill development to address public health challenges.