Cluster 2 of Cohort 10 of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (advanced level) commenced on the 6th of May 2019. During this cluster, they will have didactic sessions covering Advanced Epidemiology, Research Methodology, Scientific Communication, and Epidemiology of Priority Diseases.
The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) is a 2-year competency-based capacity-development strategy of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. It is implemented as a partnership between the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD) with technical and financial support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (President Malaria Initiative, Division of Global Health Protection and Global Immunization Division) through African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET).
In collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and University of Ibadan (UI) which award a Master of Public Health degree to participants who successfully complete the program, residents are trained in medical epidemiology, public health laboratory epidemiology and management, and veterinary epidemiology tracks for leadership positions in various levels of both the Ministries.
It is imperative that the public health workforce be characterized by committed, well-prepared, skilled, and well-motivated professionals. Nigeria continues to nurture this elite cadre of disease detectives needed to effectively prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies nationwide and in the region.