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KENYA FELTP TEAM IN PANAMA CITY FOR THE 11TH TEPHINET GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE, 2022

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Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) scientific conferences provides participants with cutting-edge information on global disease detection, prevention and response activities undertaken by the TEPHINET's network of 76 Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) across more than 100 countries. The conferences serve as the premier global venue for FETP trainees and graduates, the "boots on the ground" in the fight against diseases, to share their work with international public health experts. The networking opportunities during the conferences are invaluable in efforts to increase global health collaboration and build the capacity of public health systems and health surveillance in all countries.

The 11th TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference was held between 4 -9 September 2022 at the Sheraton Grand Panama, Panama City, South America. The conference theme was, “Improving Pandemic Preparedness, Response, and Equity through Field Epidemiology Training,”

Eleven Kenya FELTP residents and alumni participated in this conference which fell during TEPHINET network’s 25th anniversary year. The team comprised of 3 Basic Epi graduates, 3 Advanced level graduates and 5 Advanced level residents. The residents and alumni were accompanied by five members of faculty. The Kenya team presented the following during the conference:
# Title of Presentation Presenter
1. Review of the National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Case-Based Surveillance system for viral suppression among women of reproductive age, Western Kenya, 2021 Sarafina Sikwata, Advanced Level 17
2. An outbreak investigation of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease caused by Enterovirus in Kisumu County, Kenya, 2021 Stella Mamuti, Advanced Level 16
3. Clinical presentation and risk factors for COVID- 19 Infections amongst Health Care Workers in Nairobi Metropolis, 2021 Amadiva Kibisu, Advanced Level 16
4. Evaluation of sanitation Based Intervention Strategy on prevalence of porcine cysticercosis in Busia County, 2021 Bernard Chege, Advanced Level 15
5. Assessment of inpatient reporting gaps on malaria in coastal endemic counties- Kenya, 2021 Tabitha Oketch, Advanced Level 17
6. Investigation of a Suspected Outbreak of Acute Respiratory Illness among Children in Nakuru County Catherine Menganyi, Advanced Level 17
7. Suspected Yellow Fever outbreak investigation -Isiolo county, Kenya, March 2022 Esau Langat, Advanced Level 17
8. Assessment of COVID-19 outbreak investigation and response preparedness in a pastoralist community in Kenya: A case of Marsabit county, December 2021 Boru Okotu, Advanced Level 17
9. Assessment of Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Isolates from Inpatients at The Nairobi West Hospital, June-December 2021 Mercy Cheptoo, Graduate of Basic Epi Training
10. Assessment of Uptake of Pre exposure Prophylaxis for HIV among clients attending Embu Teaching and Referral Hospital-Kenya 2021. Daniel N. Gichovi, Graduate of Basic Epi Training
11. Assessment of suspected TB cases tested using GeneXpert in Ndaragwa Sub county-Nyandarua county-Kenya, 2021 Lucy Munyeki, Graduate of Basic Epi Training

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