Liberia Field Epidemiology

Training Program

Moving from Response to Capacity Building

The 2014/2015 Ebola epidemic in Liberia destabilized health systems and revealed weaknesses in disease surveillance and response in the country. After the Ebola outbreak, the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) was introduced to contribute to strategies for the National Health Investment Plan. LFETP is to help:- develop a fit-for-purpose, productive & motivated health workforce & strengthen epidemic preparedness, surveillance and response systems.

LFETP was established by the Ministry of Health, owned by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia with financial and technical support from US CDC and AFENET.

2nd Annual National Scientific Conference

The 2nd annual Emmet Dennis National Scientific ​Conference was held from August 27-29, 2019 on the​ theme, “Strengthening Global Health Security – The​ Liberia Experience”. There were 121 abstracts submitted​ from 13 counties in Liberia and 2 other countries: Ghana​ and Nigeria. There were 2 poster sessions, 3 oral sessions​ and 3 plenary sessions. The conference was a collaboration between the Liberia Field Epidemiology Program and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.​

Pic 1, 2: Conference honoree, Prof. Emmet Dennis  with Guest of Honor, Her Excellency, Jewel Taylor (Liberian Vice President), other dignitaries conference participants
Pic 1, 2: Conference honoree, Prof. Emmet Dennis with Guest of Honor, Her Excellency, Jewel Taylor (Liberian Vice President), other dignitaries conference participants
Pic 3: A poster presentation by a frontline graduate, LFETP
Pic 3: A poster presentation by a frontline graduate, LFETP
Pic 4: An oral presentation by an intermediate resident, LFETP
Pic 4: An oral presentation by an intermediate resident, LFETP

Frontline Cohort 10 Graduation

Pic 5: Cohort 10 comprised 19 participants, which included 7 health facility surveillance focal persons, 2 Environmental Health Officers, 5 National Surveillance officers (NSO), 2 Port of entry health officers, 2 Zonal Surveillance officers (ZSO) and 1 Military health officer. The training was conducted from July 8 to September 20, 2019.
Pic 5: Cohort 10 comprised 19 participants, which included 7 health facility surveillance focal persons, 2 Environmental Health Officers, 5 National Surveillance officers (NSO), 2 Port of entry health officers, 2 Zonal Surveillance officers (ZSO) and 1 Military health officer. The training was conducted from July 8 to September 20, 2019.
Pic 6,7: The graduation on September 20, 2019 was attended by dignitaries from the Ministry of Health-Liberia, United States Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization-Liberia.
Pic 6,7: The graduation on September 20, 2019 was attended by dignitaries from the Ministry of Health-Liberia, United States Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization-Liberia.

From our residents in the field

Pic 8: Frontline Cohort 10 resident, Amanda Jondo Williams disseminating results of DQA to staff of the SOS hospital in Monrovia
Pic 8: Frontline Cohort 10 resident, Amanda Jondo Williams disseminating results of DQA to staff of the SOS hospital in Monrovia

Acknowledgements: MoH – Liberia, National Public Health Institute of Liberia,  US CDC , AFENET, Liberia FETP Mentors, trainees and graduates