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The Ethiopian Public Health Institute’s (EPHI) Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) Center launched the trainings on “Epidemiological Approach for Malaria Control”. The Training was planned to be provided to 1034 PHEM officers at woreda, zone and regional level.
“The main aim of the training was to capacitate the PHEM officers at different level to be able to apply basic epidemiological knowledge as an input for malaria control and prevention, to foster utilization of malaria data at lower level for evidence based decision making and to boost the capacity of the PHEM officers to detect, confirm and mitigate malaria epidemic, so that paving the way for implementation of malaria elimination phase in near future,” Yohannes Dugasa, coordinator of the training said.
So far 320 trainees from Oromia Region were trained at Jimma and Adama Town since the beginning of July, 2017. The learning process encompassed presentation involving bilateral communication and practical session with serial demonstration by using data obtained from routine malaria surveillance. The participants are highly encouraged to share their respective experiences to other. In collaboration with respective regional PHEM, the training will be cascaded to all remaining regions and town administrations.
“Parallel to malaria training, we have been conducting Frontline Field Epidemiology Program (FETP) training to similar participants. The training will be given by three rounds (Workshop one to three) and the participants are expected to transform theoretical knowledge and skills they acquired during workshops by producing field product reports/outputs while they return for the remaining two subsequent workshops. During field output production mentorship will be provided to all frontline-FETP trainees by graduates of MPH in field epidemiology working at different levels (national, regional and zonal PHEM). The trainees are expected to acquire basic epidemiologic knowledge and skills that will be applicable in surveillance cycles of case detection, reporting, analysis and interpretation and public heath action”.
At the end of the three subsequent workshops the trainees who finalize all expected field product reports will be certified accordingly.