Egypt Field Epidemiology Training Program (E-FETP)

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Founded in 1993, the Egypt FETP was the second program to be established in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). By the year 2000, the success of the FETP prompted the establishment of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) within the Egypt Ministry of Health & Population (MoHP). The ESU is responsible for disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and response, training, and the development of the National Egyptian Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). Today, the Egypt FETP serves as the principle component of the ESU in the MoHP.

The Egypt FETP works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Training in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) and EMPHNET to train residents and implement activities. The main goal of the Egypt program is to reduce the burden of major public health problems by training a cadre of public health workers who can provide essential epidemiologic services to the country. FETP residents develop the necessary skills to evaluate and improve the quality of surveillance and response activities. Residents detect and investigate public health problems such as epidemics and outbreaks, conduct surveys, and compile epidemiologic and health system studies. The program’s residents analyze data to advise decision makers on assessing and improving health systems in addition to implementing public health interventions.

To date, a total of 102 epidemiologists have completed the FETP through the graduation of 16 cohorts. The program is currently training its 17th cohort with seven first-year residents enrolled. FETP residents benefit from a strong mentorship program, through which first and second-year residents are assigned a mentor to provide guidance and support throughout program training.