In a bid to create a platform for epidemiologists and public health physicians to share their scientific works with the larger public health audience, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) is organizing her 2nd annual scientific conference in Abuja 5th - 7th July 2017.
The theme of the conference is “Strengthening One Health through Field Epidemiology Training”. The NCDC is the premier National Public Health Institute in Nigeria as well a collaborating centre for the African Centre for Disease Control. Established in 2011, NCDC takes lead and coordinates response to the challenges of public health emergencies and enhances Nigeria’s preparedness and response to epidemics through prevention, detection and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Its core mandate is to detect, investigate, prevent and control diseases of national and international public health importance.
Established in 2008, NFELTP is a collaborative effort between NCDC,Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH),Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University and African Field Epidemiology Network(AFENET). The program is supported technically and financially by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The NFELTP has 3 distinct tracks namely, medical,veterinary and laboratory and trains applied epidemiology with an emphasis on one health approach.The conference theme is borne out of the need to demonstrate utility of the one health approach beyond training .Institutionalization of one health in disease prevention and control efforts in the Ministries of Health and Agriculture will help in addressing important public health issues at the human-animal interface.These include (but not limited to), zoonotic infectious diseases, food safety and antimicrobial resistance. NFELTP residents, graduates and other public health experts will highlight findings from their applied epidemiology field activity projects which include outbreak investigation, surveillance, secondary data analysis and planned protocol-based studies.This will emphasize the applied nature of training towards using field epidemiology to solve pertinent public health issues.
The overall objectives of the conference are ;
1. Provide residents and graduates of the program a forum to share their findings from their field-based activities
2. Provide a training opportunity for the trainees on scientific communication
3. Provide an opportunity for epidemiological networking and partnership
4. Forum to discuss pertinent public health issue