Strengthening Public Health Initiatives: AFENET, NPHIL, and US CDC Collaborate in Liberia

In a concerted effort to bolster public health endeavors and enhance coordination among key stakeholders, the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) convened a comprehensive orientation and planning meeting from February 5–9, 2024. Bringing together stakeholders from NPHIL, AFENET, the University of Liberia, and the US CDC, the meeting aimed to orient the newly appointed Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program (LFETP) Coordinator and establish effective coordination mechanisms.

Cross-section of participants at the Liberia FETP operational FY24 work plan review and institutionalization planning retreat.

During the meeting, several critical activities were conducted, including the review of the FY24 work plan to ensure alignment with strategic objectives. Additionally, sustainability and institutionalization work plans were evaluated to enhance program effectiveness, while the institutionalization matrix was updated to consolidate efforts and identify areas for improvement. The LFETP evaluation findings presented by CDC HQ provided valuable insights to workshop participants, informing future decision-making processes.

The collaborative efforts underscore a commitment to advancing public health initiatives in Liberia. By leveraging expertise and resources, stakeholders aim to address pressing health challenges and improve community well-being. The successful completion of the orientation and planning meeting signifies a significant milestone in the ongoing partnership. With a focus on collaboration, innovation, and evidence-based interventions, AFENET, NPHIL, and the US CDC are poised to promote public health excellence in Liberia.

In attendance were the following participants:

Gina Engler, Public Health Advisor, FETP, US CDC, facilitating interactive session during the LFETP Institutionalization Planning Retreat