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Our History

Established in 2004, the Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (K-FELTP) is a Division within the Directorate of Public Health in the Ministry of Health (MOH). The program started as a collaboration between the MoH and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognition of the need to have a skilled public health workforce that supports the surveillance systems, respond to public health emergencies and use data for decision making. Our key mandate is to increase epidemiological capacity in Kenya. We were accredited by The Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) in 2017 and is one of the first two FETP programs to be accredited in Africa.

Our Vision

To be a leading training program in applied epidemiology that contributes to the strengthening of health systems and improves the health of the people of Kenya and the global community.

Our Mission

To build a sustainable network of skilled applied epidemiologists who can measurably improve public health services through training while in service, efficient and effective investigation and response to public health emergencies, building strong surveillance systems, and conducting operational research to improve public health in Kenya and beyond.

Our Core Values

Team work, Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability and transparency, Innovation, Evidence-based decision making, Collaboration and Networking, Ethical conduct

Program Objectives

  • To strengthen public health capacity by developing a cadre of health professionals with advanced skills in applied epidemiology and laboratory management
  • To contribute to research activities on priority public health problems
  • To strengthen national and regional capacity to respond to public health emergencies
  • To strengthen national surveillance systems
  • To strengthen laboratory participation in surveillance and field investigations
  • To improve communications and networking of public health practitioners and researchers

Our Key Functions

  • To train optimal numbers of field epidemiologists for the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) through a two-year master’s training in field epidemiology offered by Moi University
  • To provide technical support to national and county levels for the investigation of public health emergencies, supporting surveillance and use of surveillance data, conducting operational research, and providing epidemiological support both in communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • To build the capacity of health workers at the county and national level who are proficient in both Basic and Intermediate level epidemiology.
  • To coordinate public health leadership training in the “Improving Public Health Management for Action” Program in collaboration with the CDC, as well as Kenyatta University as the academic partner.

Our Team

Meet the team of people who give their time and skills to fulfill our mandate.

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