Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP) Compiled Body of Works in Field Epidemiology

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The Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP) is a two year an in-service training program in field epidemiology adapted from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program. The program is designed to assist the Ministry of Health in building or strengthening health systems by recruiting promising health workers and building their competencies through on-the-job mentorship and training. Because trainees work in active public health teams that are tackling the most serious and acute problems of the population, their work is exciting and leads to improvements in program implementation even as the trainees are learning. The EFETP program has two main components, each of which contributes to the award of the Masters degree (MPH) in Field Epieemiology. A classroom-teaching component (25%) and practical attachment or field placement component (75%) consisting of disease investigations, surveillance evaluations, surveys, and applied research on national health problems. Residents have the opportunity for public health practice in the real world. From the beginning of second week of October 2013 up to the end of May 2015, I stayed in Field Epidemiology Training Program, School of Public Health-Addis Ababa University, Oromia Regional Health Bureau (ORHB) field base and Ethiopia Public Helath Intitute (EPHI) field base. This body of work has nine chapters, including reports of two outbreak investigations, one surveillance data analysis, one evaluation of surveillance system, and one Woreda health profile description, two abstracts for scientific conference, one meher assessment, one research proposal, as an additional output Weekly bulletin and assessment on Hospitals preparedness towards Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD). Chapter one: Two outreak investigations were conducted. Descriptive and Analytic Epidemiology was used during investigations. These are: measles outbreak investigation in Abun Gindeberet District of West Shewa Zone, Oromia, May-2014; another measles outbreak investigation in Nedjo District, West Wellega Zone, Oromia, February, 2015. We identified several factors that contributed to measles outbreak in both districts. Chapter two: Four years Addis Ababa University, College of Health Science, School of Public Health XIV AAU-CHS-SPH-EFETP Compiled Body of Works by: Wake Abebe, May-2015 (2010 to 2013) relapsing fever surveillance data was analyszed, East Shewa Zone, Oromia, March, 2014. In Chapter three: Evaluation of surveillance system was conducted in Jimma Zone, Oromia-June, 2014. Chapter four: Health profile description of Boset District of East Shewa Zone, Oromia-February, 2014. Chapter five: Scientific Manuscript for Peer Reviewed Journals was done on Measles outbreak investigation in Abuna Gindeberet District, Oromia, Ethiopia-May, 2014. Chapter six: Two abstracts were submitted for scientific conference (TEPHINET conference that will be held in Mexico-June, 2015). These include: 1) Measles Outbreak Investigation and response in Abuna Gindeberet District, West Shewa Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia-May ,2014. 2) Assessment of hospitals preparedness towards EVD in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia-January, 2015. Chapter seven: Narrative summary of disaster situation.Meher assessment was conducted in three zone of Oromia region. These include Borena, Guji and West Arsi zones in November, 2014. Chapter eight: Protocol/proposal for Epidemiologic Research Project was prepared on the title “Assessment of magnitude of immunization coverage and Associated Factors among children Age 12–23 Months in Abuna Gindeberet District, Oromia-July-2015. Finally, in chapter nine: additional outputs, Assessment of hospitals preparedness towards EVD in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia-January, 2015 and Weekly PHEM bulletin were prepared in public health priorty disease



The Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP)