To assist Ministries of Health in building a sustainable network of epidemiologists and laboratory managers who are measurably improving public health .
To improve the health of the people in East Africa and beyond through training and service in applied epidemiology and laboratory management
The goals of the FELTP are to
- Provide epidemiological services to the public Health System at National and County Levels, and
- Provide laboratory management services to the Public Health System at National and County Levels.
The objectives of the FELTP are to
- Strengthen public health capacity by developing a cadre of health professionals with advanced skills in applied epidemiology and laboratory management
- Contribute to research activities on priority public health problems
- Strengthen national and regional capacity to respond to public health emergencies such as outbreaks, natural disasters, and other unusual public health events including those that could be a result of chemical or biological terrorism
- Strengthen national surveillance systems
- Strengthen laboratory participation in surveillance and field investigations
- Improve communications and networking of public health practitioners and researchers in the country and throughout the region
The FETLP is a 2-year in-service training program in applied epidemiology and public health laboratory management. The program involves 25% classroom instruction and 75% field assignments.
Residents spend 20 months of full-placement at various sections in the MOH or other institutions. They frequently travel to all parts of Kenya to conduct disease investigations, surveillance evaluations, surveys, and applied research on national health problems.
In addition, residents undertake 4 months of intensive classroom instruction in Nairobi, with courses in epidemiology, communications, economics, and management.
Residents have a field supervisor and an academic supervisor based in Nairobi to guide and support them in this educational process.
Funding The FELTP is funded by the Ellison Medical Foundation through the CDC Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The program receives additional funding from CDC’s Global Disease Detection Division.
The FELTP is also funded by the World Bank through the East African Public Health Laboratory Network(EAPHLN)
The East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network is a World Bank Funded Project that brings together Public Health Laboratories of East Africa by building capacity and giving regional focus to realize better health for its citizens. The objective of the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project is to establish a network of efficient, high quality, accessible public health laboratories for the diagnosis and surveillance of Tuberculosis (TB), and other communicable diseases.