Building Capacity for Noncommunicable Disease Surveillance and Prevention in Ethiopia

As noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevalence continues to increase worldwide, complex global health challenges have emerged. The burden of NCDs on individuals, communities, health systems, and countries disproportionately impacts those in low- and middle-income countries–including Ethiopia, where nearly 25% of adults have hypertension.

To address the challenges of NCDs, particularly the growing burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Ethiopia, the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) established an Advanced-level FELTP NCD track in 2019 to build field epidemiologists’ technical capacity in CVD epidemiology and surveillance. The program is the first NCD-focused FELTP on the African continent, joining similar programs in China, India and Thailand.

These programs are supported by the Bloomberg Philanthropies and Resolve to Save Lives through a grant to the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Foundation).

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