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Nigeria FELTP Scoops Prestigious Award at EIS Conference, Atlanta

Dr. Akin Oyemakinde – Program Director NFELTP showing off his award for best FELTP in outbreak response. Standing beside him on the left is FETP Branch Chief - Dr. Linda Quick and on the right is CDC Director - Dr. Thomas Frieden (Photo courtesy of Ken Johnson)The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) scooped a prestigious award for “Best FELTP in Outbreak Response” at the 64th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference FETP International Night on 22 April 2015. The award was handed out to the Nigeria FELTP Program Director – Dr. Akin Oyemakinde from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director - Dr. Thomas Frieden and FETP Branch Chief - Dr. Linda Quick.  The FETP International Night was hosted by CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection and the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET). The event provides a forum where Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) residents and graduates give scientific presentations on surveillance and outbreak investigations as well as exchange knowledge with other FELTPS.
 

Zimbabwe FETP Resident wins the William H. Foege award for the best scientific oral presentation

Mr. Takura Matare looks on as Dr. William Foege signs the plaque after being voted the best scientific oral presenter at the EIS Conference FETP International Night in Atlanta, USA on 22 April 2015 (Photo courtesy of Ken Johnson)Mr. Takura Matare, a recent graduate of the Zimbabwe FETP (Cohort XXI) made the program proud by winning the William H. Foege award for the best scientific oral presentation at the 64th Annual EIS conference FETP International night on 22 April 2015. This is the second time in a row the Zimbabwe FETP has won this award after another graduate, Mr. Donewell Bangure won the same award in 2014. Mr. Notion Gombe (Senior Assistant Field Coordinator) accompanied Mr. Matare to receive the award.

 

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Surveillance Training for Ebola Preparedness (STEP) Field Presentations in Guinea Bissau

One of the STEP participants receives a certificate of completion from Dr Placido Cardoso, INASA Director (right)Second cohort participants of the Surveillance Training for Ebola Preparedness (STEP) in Guinea Bissau participated in a three-day feedback session from 23 - 25 March 2015. The workshop which was held at the National Institute of Public Health (INASA) offices was a follow on to one- week long didactic training held in February 2015 and three-week field work assessments. All 27 participants who attended the didactic training returned for feedback workshop. The workshop was opened by the Director INASA – Dr. Placido Cardoso and facilitated by Dr. Kristin Delea, -CDC Atlanta and three TEPHINET mentors - Fernando Bruzadelli (Brazil) Francisco Jose de Paula Junior (Brazil) and Ivonne Natalia Solarte Agredo (Colombia).

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Cholera Outbreak in Homa Bay and Migori Counties, Kenya

Following the cholera alert that was reported by the Director of Medical Services on 3 February 2015, a cholera outbreak was declared on 10 February 2015 in Migori and Homa Bay Counties.

A team from the Kenya FELTP comprising of Field Coordinators: Waqo Gufu Boru and Mark Obonyo and residents: Elvis Oyugi, Alfred Wandeba, Eunice Omesa, Joshua Muiruri, Tabitha Mwangi and Hudson Taabuk Kigen joined the Division of Disease Surveillance and Response (DDSR) in the investigation from 16 - 25 February 2015.

The analysis of the outbreak line list showed a delay in detection of the outbreak, possibly due to lack of laboratory capacity to confirm the outbreak. There was clustering of cases in East Kamagambo and East Kabuoch which rely on River Riana for their domestic water supply. The water from River Riana was contaminated with Vibrio Cholerae bacteria.

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