ZAMBIA FIELD EPIDEMIOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM UPDATES— JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2019


Zambia National Public Health Institute

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During August 5-9, 2019, Zambia Field Epidemiology Training Program (ZFETP) conducted a third and last workshop for the fourth cohort of frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) comprised of 21 residents; all the 21 residents graduated successfully (Figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1: Director ZNPHI, resident advisor and facilitators in a group photo with frontline cohort 4 graduates

Figure 2: Director ZNPHI hands over a certificate of completion to a Frontline FETP graduate

Participation in International Conferences
Three recent graduates from Zambia Advanced FETP have been selected to participate in the 10th TEPHINET global conference that will be held in Atlanta during 28 October through 1 November 2019. Two of the residents will make poster presentations while one will give an oral presentation.
Cohort Three Advanced FETP
Current cohort three of Advanced FETP completed the six months classroom work at the University of Zambia and have all reported in their field sites. Prior to reporting in their field sites, the field supervisors and residents were called in one central place for an orientation meeting on the expected deliverables in the field including roles of mentors and supervisors (Figures 3 and 4). During the meeting memorandums of understanding for field placements were signed.

Figure 4: Program Director making a presentation during the orientation meeting

Field Placements for Current Advanced Residents
Two residents have been assigned to National Malaria Elimination Centre; two at Zambia National Public Health Institute under surveillance, and epidemic preparedness and response; two at Ministry of Health department of public health; one and a tropical disease research centre; and three at provincial health offices. All the 10 residents have settled well and on course with their deliverables (Figure 5).

Figure 5: One of the residents at the field sites; office space and furniture provided.

New Resident Advisor for Zambia
Dr Jonas Hines arrived in Zambia to take over from Dr Ellen Yard; both were present during the orientation for current residents with the supervisors; this was strategic to allow for continuity of the support to Zambia FETP.