Receiving positive feedback from trainees and the reasons behind the positivity is every trainer’s wish. And when that happened at the just concluded Workshop 2 of the second cohort of the Chad frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), it was mission accomplie and a sign of relief for the trainers.
“At the end of this workshop, I am pleased to see that my shortcomings have been largely addressed. I now believe that I already have the tools and the essential knowledge to conduct epidemiological investigations and to be able to produce results that will allow me to take measures to control and fight against epidemics or unusual events in the field of animal health. I would like to thank the Resident Advisor and all the human health facilitators for providing the opportunity to work for one health,” said Mr. Magloire Daoudongar a veterinarian with the Ministry of Livestock who joined the training lacking in methods of conducting epidemiological research.
Representing the residents of Ouaddaï Province, Mr. Farouk Mahamat Doutoum Said he was satisfied with the quality of the courses offered during the five days of training. “I also thank the facilitators for their commitment, dynamism and interaction which always made the residents participate. I recognize that the workshop2 allowed us to learn a lot, especially the investigation, because the previous investigations that we did were not structured in this way with the three phases and thirteen steps. The practical work and the exercises after each presentation allowed us to apply the theoretical knowledge received. I also thank all the facilitators and participants for their interaction. I recognize that I am able to conduct a successful investigation in the field.”
The Mossoro District Chief of Zone in Bahr EL Gazhel Province Mr Djidda Yadia Gao said the teaching methodology was of high quality and instilled in them a new way of doing things especially in making scientific presentations, designing histograms, using power point to create slides, and analyzing problems, among other things.
According to the Chad FETP Resident Advisor Dr Nestor Ndakala, upon completion of Workshop 2 of the frontline training which took place from 26 July to 30 July 2022, participants are now able to: Participate on an outbreak field investigation and response team; Collaborate with laboratory staff before, during, and after an outbreak investigation; Conduct an analysis of causes of a surveillance quality problem; and to prepare and deliver an oral presentation to a technical audience.
Ministry of Health Representative, Mr Ali Abderaman Abdoulaye commended the residents for the dedicating time to attend the trainings to prepare them for the next phase of fieldwork.
Mr Abdoulaye: “I am proud on behalf of the Ministry of Health and also proud of AFENET who organized this training. I also thank the Resident Advisor who is an experienced trainer that everyone can testify about. It is very rare to have a trainer with this quality.”
He however decried that with only two cohorts of frontline filed epidemiologists trained so far, it was a drop in the ocean for a country covering 1.3 million square kilometres and called for more support. “I wish that all the Zonal Heads and Chief District Doctors could benefit from this training and have this certificate. This is the wish of the Ministry. They have granted us a cohort that will take place soon once you receive your certificates and we want to continue so that everyone benefits.”
Twenty residents who participated in the second FETP Frontline Cohort, workshop 2 were deployed to their Workplace (districts) to carry out the three field projects for the period from 01 August 2022 to 12 September 2022 in three provinces (Ndjamena, Barh EL Gazhel and Ouddaï). They will be supervised by the Health ministry, Mentors and Resident Advisor.
Each Resident has three fieldwork assignments and three reports to present at the end of field placement. They will present the following:
• Expanded surveillance summary report
• Surveillance quality problem analysis and report
• Case or outbreak investigation selection, conduct, and report.