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

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Addis Ababa Universty


The Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP) is an in-service training program in field epidemiology adapted from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program. The Program is designed to assist the Ethiopian 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. Field epidemiology training resembles a traditional medical residency program, because trainees spend an extended period of time practicing and developing their skills in “a hands on” manner. Ethiopia adopted the Field Epidemiology Training Program to help improve leadership within Public Health Emergency Management. The EFETP provides residents a Master of Public Health Degree in Field Epidemiology after they complete two years of supervised work in applied or field epidemiology. The EFETP program has two main components, each of which contributes to the prize of Master degree; classroom-teaching component consist 25% and practical attachment or field placement component (75%), residents spending 75% of their time in the field, consisting of disease investigations, surveillance data analysis, surveillance evaluations and research on national health problems. Residents have the opportunity for public health practice in the real world. The goal of the EFETP is to strengthen the Ethiopian Public Health Emergency Management system by: Improving public health event detection and response; creating a robust disease surveillance system; building capacity in field epidemiology and public Health; Enhancing evidence-based decision making for public health practice; and Reducing morbidity and mortality associated with priority diseases. Residents are expected to prepare and submit this body of work which will be assessed and evaluated by examiners to make sure that resident has acquired the expected level of competencies during his/her residency. Therefore, this body of work summarizes the required field residency ‘s outputs accomplished at field base during two years’ residencies. It has Nine chapters namely Outbreak Investigation, Surveillance Data Analysis Report, Evaluation of the Surveillance System, Health Profile Summary Report, Scientific Manuscript for peer review journals, Abstract, Protocol/Proposal of Epidemiologic Research Project, Public Health Emergency Management Weekly Bulletin and a Summary of Disaster Situation Visited/Risk Assessment. Accordingly, the document is organized to nine chapters. The first chapter includes two outbreak investigations and response. Both of the investigations were conducted using case control study design, one on Relapsing Fever Outbreak in Addis Ketema Sub city,Addis Ababa city administration and the other on Dysentery outbreak in Woreda 9 of Akaki Kality sub city, Addis Ababa City administration. The second chapter contains five years (2012 to 2016) Surveillance Data Analysis of Relapsing Fever in Addis Ketema sub city Addis Ababa City administration. Chapter three contains Measles Surveillance System Evaluation in Addis Ketema Sub city. Chapter four, Five and Six contains Health Profile Description of Woreda Six, Addis Ketema Sub city, Addis Ababa in 2016/2017, Meher health and Nutritional Need assessment conducted in in Afar Regional state, Ethiopia, 2017 and scientific manuscripts for peer reviewed journals respectively. In addition, three abstracts (which were developed from the two outbreak investigation and Surveillance Data analysis) are found in Chapter seven. Chapter Eight presents an Epidemiologic research project entitled “Assessment of community LLITNs ownership, knowledge and utilization in Kunaba woreda, Northern Afar, 2018”. The last chapter (Chapter 9) contains additional out puts (One Epidemic Bulletin, Conference attended, Research conducted, abstract summited for scientific presentations).