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Zimbabwe FETP 20th Anniversary Celebration

Zimbabwe FETP 20th Anniversary CelebrationsThe Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) celebrated her 20th Anniversary on 26 June 2014 at the Harare International Conference Center, Zimbabwe. The event was themed “20 years of Public Service: Looking back and inspiring the future.”  It was a day of reflection on the program’s achievements since its establishment in 1993. Being the first public health training program in Africa, the Zimbabwe FETP provided the foundation that lead to the growth and expansion of similar training programs (FELTPs) in Africa. The Zimbabwe FETP is also one of the four founding member programs of the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET).
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APARET Fellow publishes research article in the Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ)

Number of articles published by the Pan African Medical Journal since 2008Bernard Sawadogo a Cohort I fellow of the African Program for Advanced Research Epidemiology Training (APARET) had his research article published in the Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ) on 23 June 2014. Bernard is affiliated to the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The study is titled “Knowledge and beliefs on cervical cancer and practices on cervical cancer screening among women aged 20 to 50 years in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2012: a cross-sectional study”. The study is of particular public health importance due to its focus on cervical cancer which claims thousands of lives of women in Burkina Faso and around the world., The article was co-authored by APARET mentors: Sheba N. Gitta, Elizeus Rutebemberwa, Mamadou Sawadogo and  Nicola Meda.

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Laboratory technicians acquire skills in SLMTA II training, Kenya

Participants at a previous SLMTA I training in Mombasa Province, KenyaAFENET in collaboration with Ministry of Health of Kenya and CDC organized a training on Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) for Cohort II Kenyan hospital laboratories.  The five - day training held on 19 – 23 May 2014 aimed at equipping laboratory technicians and other hospital staff in the laboratory management with ISO 15189 standards using the SLMTA toolkit that is incorporated in the use of the WHO/AFRO SLIPTA checklist. The training also aimed at empowering and strengthening laboratory management to achieve immediate laboratory improvement in order to​  ​accelerate preparedness towards achieving accreditation. Participants were introduced to the concept of SLMTA, the identification of improvement projects and quality indicators pertinent to the achievement of laboratory accreditation.

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Residents undertake Dengue Entomological Survey in Dar es Salaam

Members of Dengue Task force during a meeting at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare May 2014Two Cohort VI residents of the Tanzania Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program: Neema Camara and Onesmo Kateule participated in a dengue entomological survey which in May 2014 in Dar es Salaam. The survey was in response to the ongoing dengue outbreak in Dar es Salaam that was first reported in January 2014. The survey involved capturing adult mosquitoes from breeding and feeding sites, larval collection and taking GIS- coordinates of the breeding/feeding sites. A total of 100 houses per ward were surveyed. To further research into the dengue fever, three residents used data from the activities to write their dissertations on the subjects: environmental factors, dried blood spot validation and Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) in Zanzibar.

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