Liberia FETP Launched 7th Cohort of Intermediate Training

We are delighted to announce the commencement of the 7th cohort of the intermediate training program of the Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program (LFETP). In collaboration with the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), the West African Health Organization (WAHO), and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), LFETP is committed to strengthening epidemiological capacity in Liberia.

The 9-month training program started with the first workshop from April 3rd to 13th, 2023. The cohort consists of 14 dedicated participants, including officers from national-level institutions such as NPHIL, the Ministry of Health (MOH), and the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, District Surveillance Officers from Margibi, Grand Kru, and Maryland, a Data Manager from Montserrado, and an IT/GIS specialist complete the diverse group.

Dr. Ralph Jetoh, LFETP Program Director introducing FETP-Intermediate to the LFETP Intermediate Cohort 7 residents during the opening of Workshop 1.

During the initial workshop, participants engaged in a range of topics essential to their field of expertise. This included an insightful review of public health surveillance, an introduction to epidemic investigations, in-depth discussions on summary statistics, and comprehensive training on data management. The workshop provided a solid foundation for the participants to enhance their knowledge and skills in epidemiology.

Continuing the momentum, the second workshop took place from May 29th to June 7th, 2023. This session delved into more advanced topics, including study designs, measures of association, bias, and causation. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to share updates on their various deliverables, fostering a collaborative learning environment and encouraging the exchange of ideas.

During the workshop, three second-year residents of the Ghana FETP Advanced training had the opportunity to undergo their teaching practice deliverable. They Facilitated a session on research ethics.

The LFETP intermediate training program aims to equip participants with the necessary skills and expertise to effectively respond to public health challenges. Through a combination of theoretical sessions, practical exercises, and mentorship, participants will gain a deeper understanding of epidemiological principles and their application in real-world scenarios.

Group photo of the LFETP Intermediate Cohort 7 with the Resident Advisor, Dr. Maame Amo-Addae, and mentors/facilitators.