19 graduate from Ethiopia’s Intermediate tier, as FELTP gets global accreditation

The first cohort of the intermediate tier of the Ethiopia FELTP has graduated, further boosting the country’s efforts to respond to disease out breaks and other public health emergencies. Trainees were drawn from different Regional Health Bureaus of the 13 regional states in Ethiopia.

Prior to this graduation, Ethiopia was implementing the frontline and advanced tiers of the FETP.

Speaking at the event which took place in Addis Ababa on 6 October 2022, His Excellency Dr Derje Duguma – Ethiopia State Minister for Health appreciated partners who contributed to the recent accreditation of the Ethiopia FELTP in September 2022 by Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET).

The Ethiopia Ministry of Health recognized the African Field Epidemiology Network presented a certificate to AFENET in recognition of the latter’s contribution and continuous technical support to the EFELTP that contributed to its accreditation by TEPHINET.

“Ethiopia is a big country and we have arrived at a time when our country needs field epidemiology professionals like you because our country has had conflicts, droughts, plagues and various problems,” – His Excellency Dr Derje Duguma, Ethiopia State Ministry of Health.

EFELTP is a collaborative effort amongst eight universities (Addis Ababa University, Saint Paulos Millennium Medical College, Gondar University, Bahir Dar University, Mekele University, Hawassa University, Haramaya University, and Jimma University), regional health bureaus, and the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The Program aims to train leaders in field epidemiology (human and veterinary) and public health practice and to provide epidemiologic services to federal, regional, and zonal government health institutions across Ethiopia.

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