Ethiopian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program
1. Project Title: Ethiopian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (EFELTP)
2. Project Donor: CDC
3. Project Summary: Field Epidemiology and laboratory Training Program (FELTP) is a competency-based training and service program in applied epidemiology and public health that builds the capacity to strengthen the surveillance and response system in countries where they are implemented. The ability of Ethiopia’s to respond to health emergencies and detect problems through proper surveillance system is largely limited. Inability to prevent and control epidemics and lack of skilled personnel including poor surveillance system are underscored by the Business Process Re-engineering of the MoH that has identified reduction in epidemic occurrence as one of the seven areas of focus. In this regard, EPHA is working closely with the School of Public Health (AAU), the Federal Ministry of Health and the US Center for Disease Control and prevention(CDC) to produce professionals in field of Epidemiology that are capable of handling emergency management including epidemic investigation and response and surveillance.
4. Project Justifications: This fund is requested to support the implementation of the Maters of Field Epidemiology training program i.e. to support classroom trainings and field residency activities to produce residency outputs and epidemiological projects.
5. Project Goal: The goal of FELTP is to strengthen the Ethiopian public health system by contributing to the development of a robust disease surveillance system, effective and timely acute public health event detection and response (including outbreak detection and response), capacity in field epidemiology and public health laboratory, evidence- based decision making for public health practice and reduction in morbidity and mortality due to priority diseases.
6. Implementation Location: Addis Ababa University School of Public Health and the field bases (EHNRI, Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR)