Center – Dr Chima Ohuabunwo Executive Director AFENET together with Africa CDC fellows at the Africa CDC office Addis Ababa Ethiopia

The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC), held a two day workshop from 16 – 17 November 2017 at the Africa CDC in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, focusing on Expanding Horizons for Public health workforce Development in Africa.

AFENET among other partners met to discuss a coordinated approach for public health workforce development on the African continent. The Africa CDC was officially launched on 31 January 2017 by the African Union. Through the workshop, the Africa CDC aimed to identify existing capacities in Africa in workforce development with respect to the various sectors and disciplines of public health practice; to identify areas of collaboration and partnership on training programs with all existing partners in the Africa; and to brainstorm on a development of a manual for workforce agenda.

Dr Chima Ohuabunwo – Executive Director AFENET, made a presentation on behalf of AFENET accompanied by Dr Olivia Namusisi- Technical Advisor and Ms Lillian Kironde- Administrator. AFENET has been instrumental in the setup of the Africa CDC Fellowship Program. AFENET is among the core members that helped to set up the Africa Health volunteer’s corps-a network of public health workforce that will be drawn upon to respond to any public health emergency of the continent. AVoHC will be hosted and coordinated by the African CDC.

The Africa CDC Fellowship Program aims for long-term public health workforce development: field epidemiology training programs to include veterinary public health, laboratory training programs and public health informatics, continuing professional development short courses, and plans to have Africa CDC fellowship and scholarship programs for young Africans.

The Kenya Field Epidemiology Network (Kenya FELTP) published twelve articles on its operational research and programmatic activities carried out by its residents as a supplement in the Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ) On 6 November 2017.

The supplement titled “Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program; Strengthening Public Health Systems through Experiential Training and Operational Research” is the first supplement from the Kenya FELTP.

AFENET  has supported the publishing of supplements covering topics such as One Health, maternal health, and disease surveillance among other public health programmatic. The Kenya FELTP supplement is the sixth program supplement published in PAMJ. The Kenya FELTP supplement continues AFENET’S efforts to promote publication and dissemination of public health activities carried by the network’s members throughout the African continent.  Some of the supplement  guest editors incude: Dr. Zeinab Gura, Dr. Jane Githuku, and Dr. Sara Lowther.