Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) is a service-based training program whose purpose is to train public health workers in the principles and practices of field epidemiology as they provide service to their countries.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
eHealth in partnership with Ministry of Health and Sanitation, CDC, and AFENET have implemented FETP in Sierra Leone since June 2016. Under the Directorate of Health Securities and Emergencies, FETP is an in-service program focused on training district and national public health workers in public health emergency response and strengthening Sierra Leone’s public health surveillance system. The program integrates 25% didactic learning with 75% fieldwork.
The 3-month FETP-Frontline has trained 5 cohorts and 100 public health workers since its establishment in 2016.
FETP-Intermediate was introduced in 2017 with the aim of training supervisors in managing disease response, strengthening public health surveillance, and mentorship. In July 2018 FETP-Intermediate will graduate its first cohort, 11 residents from MoHS, MAFS, and RSLAF.
- Manage the implementation of FETP
- Coordinate with CDC and AFENET to ensure program activities are in alignment with MoHS strategy
- Support the logistics and operations of workshops and mentorship schemes
- Provide strategic technical assistance towards public health workforce development in Sierra Leone
- The program targets Sierra Leone’s public health officials under various ministries (MoHS, MAFS, RSLAF, SLP) with key responsibilities in disease monitoring, surveillance, and response
- The people of Sierra Leone indirectly benefit from the program as the country’s surveillance system and overall public health emergency response system are strengthened
cohorts conducted and 100 public health professionals trained in Frontline-FETP
case/outbreak investigations conducted from June 2016- March 2018
national coverage with residents from all 14 districts and representation from health, agriculture/animal health, public health laboratory, border health, police and military sectors