Liberia FETP Launched 8th Cohort of Intermediate Training

In partnership with the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) Liberia, the Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program (LFETP) has launched its 8th cohort of the Intermediate Tier. This 9-month training program started with an intensive workshop from February 19th to 29th.

Dr. Dieula D. Tchoualeu, Senior Advisor for Public Health Science and Programs, CDC Liberia, sharing exciting words of encouragement with the LFETP Intermediate Cohort 8 residents.

The cohort comprises 11 residents, including officers from national-level institutions such as NPHIL and the Ministry of Health, District Surveillance Officers from Lofa, Grand Kru, and Montserrado counties, and a Medical Director from Margibi County. This diverse group brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the program.

Throughout the workshop, residents delved into various essential topics tailored to their expertise. These included an introduction to Epidemiology, surveillance system operations and evaluation, epidemic investigations, summary statistics, the role of laboratories in public health surveillance, Epi study design, research ethics, public health literature review, scientific report writing, questionnaire design, and comprehensive training on data management. Practical sessions provided hands-on experience with case studies, public health data analysis using Epi-info and Microsoft Excel, survey form design, and advanced application of Microsoft Word for public health report writing.

Liberia FETP Intermediate Cohort 8 residents taking pre-test during Workshop 1.

The workshop served as a foundational building block for participants to enhance their knowledge and skills in epidemiology. The LFETP Intermediate training program aims to equip participants with the necessary expertise to respond to public health challenges effectively. Through theoretical sessions, practical exercises, and mentorship, residents will better understand epidemiological principles and their practical application in real-world scenarios.

Cross-section of Liberia FETP Intermediate Cohort 8 residents during training session.