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Tanzania FELTP response to COVID-19

Graduates and residents of the Tanzania Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (TFELTP) have been instrumental the response to COVID-19 in the following ways:

Regional Field Attachment

Twenty one (21) Cohort XI residents of the Tanzania FELTP were deployed to various field placement sites for their Regional attachment to improve the level of preparedness and during the response for COVID-19 in different technical areas including case investigation, data management and analysis, coordination, case management, sample collection and processing, contact tracing & screening at points of entries.

Cohort XII Residents deployed to COVID-19 Response Areas

Cohort XII residents of the Tanzania FELTP were deployed on various National field placement sites from April. 2020 Residents were assigned to different tasks by the MoHCDGEC for the response. Below is a list of Cohort XII residents are distributed as across Tanzania shown below:

List of Cohort XII Residents with their respective COVID 19 Response Tasks

SN

Name

COVID-19 Response Tasks

1.

Radenta Paul

Alert Management Desk

2.

Godfrey Andrew

Call Center

3.

Baraka Chaula

Contact Tracing – Dar es salaam

4.

Gerald Manasseh

Alert Management Desk

5.

Nisalile Mwangoka

Alert Management Desk

6.

Emanuel Mkonyi

Contact Tracing – Dar es salaam

7.

Sarah Gibson

Contact Tracing – Dar es salaam

8.

Deograsia Bakari

Alert Management Desk

9.

Sued Yassin

Call Center

10.

Maria Kelly National Laboratory (NHLQATC)

11.

Regan Shayo  Alert Management Desk

12.

Daniel Laswai Alert Management Desk

13.

Emmanuel Charles Call Center

14.

Bihila Bakari PHEOC - Zanzibar

1) Call Center

Residents are placed at the MOHCDGEC Emergency Call Centre. The call centre receives calls from the community by using the Toll-free Number 199. Residents are responsible for answering these calls and responding to questions, give education and guide the callers on the right steps to take. The information from the call is then filled into the VEOCI system. This facilitates the MOHCDGEC to get immediate and timely information during the response.

2) Alert Management

Residents are involved in verifying rumours and alerts by using the available standard case definitions. Sources of these rumours/alerts are from the Virtual Emergency Operations Centre (VEOCI System), DHIS 2 and information from other stakeholders. VEOCI system comprises of all recorded calls from the call centre, while DHIS 2 comprises of self-check messages. Another source of alerts is from other stakeholders including information from leaders, information from social media. If the rumour/alert fits the case definition and becomes a suspected case the team then notifies the Rapid Response Team for further actions.

3) Data Management

Cohort XII residents are also involved in the daily management of data from Points of Entry. Residents are responsible for cleaning and analyzing the data. Some of the information analyzed are trends of travelers entering Tanzania, their purpose of visit, region of their final destination for the purpose of easy surveillance, number of travelers kept under quarantine, number of truck drivers crossing the borders and their final destinations. This information is then compiled in the daily situational reports.

4) Development of Daily Situational Reports

Cohort XII residents are involved in the development of a daily situational report (Sitrep). The Sitrep provides a summary of the situation in the country, information contained include the number of confirmed new cases, number of contacts mapped, number of missed contacts, number of contacts under follow-up and number of contacts that have completed 14 days quarantine.

5) Contact Tracing

Cohort XII residents are deployed to different CHMT in Dar es Salaam to support the surveillance teams in contact mapping and contact tracing/follow up.