Monday 19th of April 2021 witnessed a new phase in Nigeria’s efforts in building epidemiologic capacity for outbreak response and general health security of the country with the commencement of the Intermediate level of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology Training Program (NFETP).
The Intermediate FETP is a 9-month competency-based training implemented by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control with the support of AFENET and the US CDC.
The Intermediate FETP features real world problems solving, adult learning principles, mentored learning in class & field and adapted to national and local health needs. The overarching goals of the Intermediate FETP are:
- Strengthen epidemiologic capacity at the middle level of the health system.
- Improve the capacity of the ministries and their agencies to identify, investigate, respond to, and communicate public health threats.
15 residents across Nigeria successfully applied for the Intermediate FETP. Facilitators are drawn from the NCDC, AFENET, and the universities with lectures holding at the NCDC and AFENET lecture halls. Residents are being trained in:
- Public health surveillance system operations
- Surveillance system evaluation
- Basic data analysis and interpretation
- Outbreak investigation and response
- Design and conduct of a cross-sectional study
- Epi Info 7 — data entry, management, analysis
- Training and mentoring skills
- Scientific communication — written and oral
- Field work.