The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) convened a meeting of over 1000 field epidemiologists from Africa and beyond from 8 – 12 August 2016 to discuss strategies of enhancing Global Health Security through Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPS).
During the meeting, a side ministerial meeting hosted by Federal Minister of Health of Nigeria, Hon. Prof. Isaac Adewole, and chaired by the Minister of Health from Uganda, Hon. Judith Ruth Aceng from Uganda, Health Ministers and representatives from over 10 African countries pledged to support of training more field epidemiologists to combat outbreaks and strengthen surveillance systems at national and local government levels. The ministers pledged to support the African Field Epidemiology network in establishing more field epidemiology training programs in Africa. AFENET currently operates in 28 African countries namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. AFENET implements 16 training programs as well as a frontline basic epidemiology training course in most of the countries where AFENET is present.