Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
As a result of the Ebola epidemic, the Ministry of Health developed an Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System (2015 – 2021). This plan explains the steps to strengthen Liberia’s health system. This investment plan helps advance the National Health Policy and Plan (2011 – 2021). A high priority of the Investment Plan is to strengthen epidemic preparedness, surveillance, and response; this will help counties and districts build the skills to identify early signals of an epidemic and respond faster.
To help achieve this priority, the Ministry of Health is starting the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). This program will help district and county health officers, as well as other public health workers, learn new epidemiology skills and techniques for investigating diseases and other health problems. The Ministry is working with Emory University from the United States, the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is part of a 5- year cooperative agreement funded by the CDC.
CDC’s Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) has three tiers of training: frontline, intermediate, and advanced. FETP Frontline training is a three-month in-service program that focuses on detection of and response to disease or events of public health importance. FETP Frontline was started in Liberia in August 2015 and aims to improve the surveillance, epidemiology, response, and scientific communication skills of public health workers at district, county, and national levels. Those who complete the training receive a Certificate of Graduation signed by the Liberian Ministry of Health and CDC.
FETP Frontline Skills
- Use of case definitions
- Disease detection
- Data visualization
- Case investigation
- Outbreak investigation and response
- Surveillance monitoring and evaluation
- Data analysis
- Data interpretation