The DRC field epidemiology training program held its first workshop for the sixteenth frontline cohort consisting of 32 participants in July 2022. This cohort comprises of 12 zone doctors, 2 doctors, 15 nurses, and 3 analysts. In this workshop, participants acquired the skills necessary to collect, analyse and interpret basic surveillance data; quality analysis and use of surveillance data for disease and outbreak detection; information sharing and dissemination; and response including investigation of cases, outbreaks and other public health events.
The participants will then be sent for fieldwork 1 and will report back to the second workshop from 13 - 17 August 2022.The DRC frontline training is implemented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and the Ministry of Health of the DRC to build the capacity of managers and staff in Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention; Fisheries and Livestock; and Environment.
The programme aims to strengthen the capacity and skills of national, intermediate and peripheral level public health staff to detect, investigate and respond to epidemics and other public health threats.
Since its official launch in June 2016, the program has trained 11 cohorts with 291 trainees (223 men and 68 women). So far 120 Doctors, 113 Nurses, 20 Veterinarians, 13 Laboratory Technicians and 25 other categories of health workers have been trained as of September 2021.