Developing and sustaining partnerships is an integral part of AFENET’s operations in Africa and supporting Network countries to address public health priority problems.

AFENET works in partnership with several African Ministries of Health, academic institutions, government agencies, multilateral agencies, foundations, and corporations.

AFENET receives the bulk of its technical and financial support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its growing partner base provides both financial support and technical expertise to the Network programs and African governments.

Academic Institutions


  • Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
  • Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany
  • Emory University School of Medicine, USA
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine - Ghana
  • Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  • National University of Rwanda
  • Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • University of Ghana
  • University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • University of Ohio, USA
  • University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon
  • University of Zimbabwe
  • WHO Multi Disease Surveillance Centre (MDSC) in Ouagadougou.


Associations/Nonprofit Organizations

  • Ethiopian Public Health Association
  • Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET)
  • Task Force for Global Health

Government Agencies

  • Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health
  • Ghana Ministry of Health
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
  • Kenya Ministry of Health
  • Mozambique Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)
  • South Africa Ministry of Health
  • Southern Sudan Ministry of Health
  • National Health Laboratory Services, South Africa
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), South Africa
  • Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health
  • Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
  • Treatment and Research AIDS Center (TRAC) Plus, Rwanda
  • Uganda Ministry of Health
  • Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
  • Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI)
  • National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Tanzania
  • Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
  • National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases, Nigeria


  • CDC Foundation
  • Ellison Medical Foundation
  • Merck Company Foundation

Multinational Agencies and National Governments

  • European Union (EU)
  • WHO/ Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
  • World Health Organization Multi Disease Surveillance Center (MDSC)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO)

Private entities

  • Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP)
  • WHO/ Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
  • Public Health Practice (PHP)
  • Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) /RESPOND

U.S. Government

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Health Systems 20/20
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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Mr. Anthony Kimuli

Procurement Officer

Ms.  Maria Amanya


Mr. Erisa Sunday

Senior Administrator

Mr. Kenneth Eyatu

Protocol and Transport Officer

Mr. Nathan Mubiru


Ms. Jackline Kaitale


Ms. Agnes Namugaya


Mr. Emmanuel Omus

Systems/ Network Administrator

Ms. Florence Busibo


Mr. Paul Obbo

IT Desk Officer

Mr. Michael Nkanika

WEB Systems Administrator

Mr. Francis Xavier Bbosa

Senior Human Resource Officer

Mr. Samuel Twinomugisha

Senior Administrator

Ms. Lillian Namboze Kironde


Ms. Mariah Namuwanga

Executive Assistant

Mr. Amon Tugume

Director Finance

Ms. Beatrice Masika

Project Finance Manager

Mr. Brian Kaganzi

Internal Auditor

Akinyi Ochieng



Mr. Albert Mathias Oguti

Assistant Accountant

Ms. Rosemary Abbo


Ms. Lillian Bulyaba


Dr. Olivia Namusisi Kasenge

Director Programs

Dr. Nicholas Ayebazibwe

Senior Epidemiologist

Dr. Herbert Kazoora


Mr. Davis Ashaba

Lab Scientist

Dr. Rebecca Babirye

Grants Officer/ Epidemiologist

Mr. Allan Mwesiga

Mid-level Editor Pan African Medical Journal

Ms. Racheal Chelimo

Editor and Public Relations Officer


Ms. Esther Butamanya

Editor Pan African Medical Journal

Ms. Irene Among

Editor Pan African Medical Journal

Humphrey Kabugo

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Allan Kinsambwe

Administrative Assistant

Lawrence Ssebuguzi

Financial Systems Administrator

Rhita Ayebare

Grants Assistant

Olivia Bbombokka

Monitoring and Evaluation officer

Harrison Mubiru

Senior Accountant


Christopher Tanui

Director Administration

Manzi Ronald Martin

Administrative Assistant

Gilbert Kagumya

Grants Assistant

Frank Kaharuza

Senior Epidemiologist

Charles Kamuli

Human resource Assistant

Ismail Atiluk

Transport Associate


Wilbrod Mwanje

Coordinator Global Health Security Agenda Immunisations Project


Leah Nawegulo

Research Officer



Peace Clare

Administration Intern

Harriet Nyamarunga

Administration Intern

Jacintah Mugala Emily

Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

Queen Gladys

Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

Munir Makumbi

Information and Technology Intern

Angella Kemirembe Hilda

Communication Intern

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AFENET works through five priority programs to achieve its strategic objectives. The programs include: 

  1. Field Epidemiology Capacity Development
  2. Public Health Laboratory Capacity Development
  3. Public Health Disease Surveillance and Effective Response
  4. Networking and Collaboration
  5. Publication and Documentation


Developing Field Epidemiology Capacity in Africa

This program fosters professional development of field epidemiologists, competent in the practical application of epidemiologic methods to a wide range of contemporary public health problems. The strategic objective addressed by this program is strengthening field epidemiology capacity in Africa. Emphasis is placed on the following strategic actions: 

  • Facilitating training of field epidemiologists.
  • Mentoring trainees in outbreak investigation.
  • Providing support to Ministries of Health in outbreak investigations. 
  • Providing support for operational research in epidemiology.

Developing Public Health Laboratory Capacity in Africa.

This area focuses on the strategic objective of enhancing public health laboratory capacity in Africa. Emphasis is on the following strategic actions: 

  • Establishing the current capacity of health laboratories in Africa
  • Establishing and operationalizing a laboratory networking mechanism 
  • Supporting laboratory capacity among member programs

Public Health Disease Surveillance and Effective Response Systems

Member programs contribute to strengthening surveillance and outbreak response systems. This includes formulation, strengthening, and periodical review of surveillance and emergency preparedness plans. AFENET Strategic Plan 17 The strategic objective advanced by this area is strengthening surveillance and outbreak response systems for communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases. Through this program, the following strategic actions are emphasized: 

  • Training public health personnel in Integrated Disease Surveillance & Response (IDSR)and data management.
  • Providing technical support to disease control programs.
  • Establishing joint training of epidemiologists, veterinarians, and laboratory technicians, in line with the “One Health” initiative.
  • Operationalizing surveillance systems.
  • Strengthening early warning systems.

Networking and Collaboration

This area places emphasis on the strategic objective aimed at advancing the sharing of regional expertise in field epidemiology and laboratory practice. Emphasis is on the following strategic actions: 

  • Conducting experience-sharing conferences, workshops, and seminars in the region
  • Facilitating faculty exchange programs in the region
  • Strengthening inter-country collaboration
  • Facilitating the sharing of training materials in the region
  • Conducting joint outbreak investigations
  • Promoting racial and ethnic diversity at all levels of public health practice

Publication and Documentation

The strategic objective for this program is to strengthen documentation and dissemination of field epidemiology experiences. The following strategic actions are considered: 

  • Supporting research performed by trainees
  • Facilitating programs to document and disseminate their implementation experiences
  • Supporting the Secretariat’s capacity to document and disseminate field experiences
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Propelled by the need for systematic cooperation to address common and unique public health needs of Africa, the idea of forming a networking alliance was mooted during the first Directors’ meeting in October 2004 in Kampala, Uganda. During the second Directors’ meeting in 2005, AFENET was born and later incorporated. In September 2006, AFENET was awarded a five-year Cooperative Agreement by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

AFENET was born out of national Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) under the umbrella of Public Health Schools without Walls (PHSWOW) supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Ghana Programs which were established in 1993, 1994, and 1995 respectively were AFENET’s founding members. In 2004, the Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) joined the Network. These programs had been sharing experiences, staff, teaching materials, and undertook joint projects. From 1997, the programs continued to work under the Training Programs in Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET).

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The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) is a Network of public health training institutions in Africa that seeks to strengthen manpower to enhance health systems on the continent. AFENET is a not-for-profit organization which works closely with Ministries of Health in member countries to develop sustainable programs and capacity to strengthen field epidemiology and ensure healthier lives for Africans. 
AFENET was established in 2005 with four member programs in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. At the time of approval of this plan, the organization was operateing in 16 African countries namely: Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 
The organization has also recorded a growing international partner base which includes the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Merck Company Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), the European Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), the Task Force for Global Health Survival and Development (TFCSD), the Emory School of Medicine, Emory School of Public Health, and the Training in Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), among others. 


To strengthen field epidemiology and public health laboratory capacity and effectively contribute to addressing epidemics and other major public health problems in Africa.


AFENET’s overall objective is to improve the capacity of health systems in Africa to manage disease outbreaks and other priority health problems. This will be achieved through the following specific strategic objectives: 

  • Strengthening field epidemiology capacity in Africa
  • Enhancing public health and laboratory capacity in Africa
  • Strengthening surveillance and outbreak response systems for communicable and Non- Communicable Diseases
  • Advancing the sharing of regional expertise in field epidemiology and laboratories
  • Strengthening the capacity of AFENET to achieve its objectives
  • Documenting and disseminating AFENET’s field experiences to member programs


AFENET is committed to ensuring effective prevention and control of epidemics and other priority public health problems in Africa.


A healthier Africa


he highest decision making organ of AFENET is the Board of Directors. An independent Advisory Committee comprised of distinguished persons from member and non-member countries advises the Board and Secretariat on a need-to basis.

The Secretariat is AFENET’s principal office, tasked with managing the day-to-day activities of the organization, under the supervision of the Board. With over 32 full-time staff, it is led by an Executive Director. The Secretariat is located in Kampala, Uganda and has four units namely: Programs, Finance, Administration, and Science and Public Affairs.

Technical Liaisons at the Secretariat act as the links between Network countries and the Secretariat.

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