PUBLIC HEALTH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Our capacity-building programs and projects are premised on ourcommitment to support the government of Nigeria.

Health systems can only function with health workers. The equitable distribution of health services to all peoples in all community, state or country depends largely on the availability and accessibility of health workers. Inadvertently, the quality of health care and service delivery is consequent upon the quality of health workers available.

FIELD EPIDEMIOLOGY CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

The Nigeria Field Epidemiology Training Program (NFELTP) is our flagship program in Nigeria. The NFELTP is an in-service training program in applied epidemiology and public health laboratory practice, domiciled at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)/Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development. In conjunction with the University of Ibadan and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.

PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM STRENGTHENING ORIENTED SHORT COURSES

AFENET offers multiple short courses focusing on strengthening the capacity of the in-service public health workforce across priority public health fields. Current short courses offered includes

National Stop Transmission of Polio (NSTOP) annual and other Routine Immunization strengthening short courses:

The NSTOP annual short course is a 2-week mid-senior management level training which began in 2012 with the goal of providing culturally suitable and technically competent surge capacity staff for the implementation of the Nigeria Polio Eradication Emergency Plan (NPEEP).

Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) and malaria NSTOP Routine Immunization Modular Training:

AFENET through the NSTOP program provides a comprehensive competency-based capacity building opportunity for State- and Local Government Area (LGA)-level immunization and other PHC services officers through a three-pronged adult learning approach using 9-modular training interventions.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) fellowship

AFENET is a member of a consortium supported through funding from the Fleming Fund to host the AMR fellowship in Africa. The fellowship seeks to build capacity for mitigating the rising health challenges associated with AMR by increasing the knowledge and changing the attitude and practices of clinicians and other practitioners regarding the use of antimicrobial agents

Malaria Short course
An NFELTP affiliated 3-month in-service short course offered in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) and with funding support from Presidents’ Malaria Initiative.

Malaria Frontline Project Modular Capacity Building Initiative:

The Malaria Frontline Project (MFP) capacity building initiative provides a good example of polio legacy, where AFENET in collaboration with CDC leveraged NSTOP’s polio structures and its three-pronged approach to capacity building to support Malaria elimination in high burden states

Grant Writing

Leveraging the FELTP structure, the goal of the grant wring training is to build a pool of African public health professionals with competency to favourably compete for grants and other forms of funding as a gateway to public health research development and public health programs strengthening in Africa.

Non-communicable diseases Training:

The main goal of the training is to build capacity in Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) surveillance and service delivery for prevention and control, particularly at the Primary Health Care level.

Scientific writing training

Epidemiological research and knowledge sharing are among the fundamental goals of AFENET and building capacity in scientific writing is one of our priories. AFENET has conducted more than twenty scientific writing workshops

Leadership and Management

A robust leadership and management capacity building intervention for Directors and Managers of primary healthcare at State and LGA levels with over 450 persons trained. This package is a one-stop shop for building leadership capacity across diverse areas