Affiliation: Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH)
The Uganda Field Epidemiology Training Program was established in 1994, originally as one of the Public Health Schools without Walls supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Uganda FETP offers a Master of Public Health (MPH), in collaboration with the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). Since its inception, over 190 trainees have graduated from the program, which is 60% field based. The trainees are attached to both urban and rural districts throughout the country, where they work as part of the District Health Team.
Uganda FETP partners include: the World Bank, European Commission, Division for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, UN agencies, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and World Food Program (WFP).
One of the most notable achievements of the Uganda FETP was the active involvement of a number of graduates in response to the 2001 Ebola epidemic in Uganda. One of the program graduates, Dr. Mathew Lukwiya, notified the nation and the whole world of this deadly disease. He contracted the disease while attending to the cases and later died. To honor him, a number of academic awards have been given in his remembrance.