Ethiopian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (EFELTP) held the 1st EFELTP Annual Scientific Conference at the Ethiopia Public Health Institute Training Center in Addis Ababa.
Pre-conference workshops were held on 27 June 2017 at the EPHI Training Center and saw the participation of over 400 residents and graduated of the program. The 3 day conference was held from 28 – 30 June 2017, themed: Addressing the Elimination of malaria in Ethiopia through Field Epidemiology Training Program.
The conference was opened by Dr Getachew Tollera, Human Resource Development Directorate Director, MOH and enhanced by speeches from key dignitaries: Dr Daddi Jima, Deputy General Director EPHI, Dr. Lucy Boulanger, CDC Ethiopia’s program director for Global Health Security and Dr Tesfaye Bayelign from the CDC National Center for environmental Health.
Speaking to the theme, Dr Mathew Murphy accentuated Ethiopia efforts in the elimination of malaria. In his presentation Dr Murphy highlights that over 3.2 million people are at risk of malaria, most of which are in Africa. The US President’s Malaria Control Program recommends the integration of multiple strategies to prevent and Control the spread of Malaria. Ethiopia has used a number of methods such as insecticides, bed nets as well as proper treatment of malaria cases.
A resident of the Ethiopia program, also highlighted the use of Health Extension Program, Community communication army and School students malaria clubs, have been effective in advocating for malaria prevention hence the reduction in affected cases.
Residents and graduates from advanced and frontline level field-based training programs made oral and poster presentations investigations and projects undertaken and completed during training and within the past two years of training. Topics presented were: outbreak investigations, implementation and evaluation of public health programs or surveillance activities, and other areas in applied epidemiology and public health practice.
The Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP) is a partnership between CDC Ethiopia, the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute, Addis Ababa University School of Public Health, and the Ethiopian Public Health Association.
The program has enrolled 479 residents and graduated over 98 since its inception in 2009.
The program initiated an expansion program to include eight universities in a bid to increase the country’s workforce in surveillance and outbreak investigation. The program has also started laboratory and veterinary tracks to boost the already existing epidemiology track. The participating universities include: Mekelle University, Gondar University, Hawassa University, Jimma University, Bahir Dar University, Haramaya University, St. Paul's Millennium Medical College and Addis Ababa University.