AFETP Launches Introductory Workshop for its Second Cohort
With the launch of its first workshop on August 10, 2020, the Afghanistan Intermediate Field Epidemiology Training Program (AFETP) commenced training activities for its second cohort.
Set to last over a period of two weeks, this introductory workshop enables participants to learn more about surveillance systems, data analysis, data interpretation, and the basics of epidemiology. Held with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan, Afghanistan National Public Health Institute (ANPHI), and GHD/EMPHNET, the workshop saw the participation of 27 public health professionals who together make up the intermediate program’s second cohort. After the two-week training period, participants will move on to carry out their fieldwork requirements. Mentors will also sit for a three-day mentorship workshop between August 24 and 26, 2020.
The mentorship component of the workshop is designed to provide mentors with the skills they need to support and guide future intermediate AFETP residents successfully through the program. More specifically, the mentorship workshop will enable participants to guide their mentees as they develop their skills, improve problem-solving abilities, and benefit from all that AFETP has to offer.
The AFETP intermediate Program is a one-year in-service program designed to build the capacity of health workers in Kabul as well as other provinces. It provides them with the skills they need to fight against outbreaks such as COVID-19, through analyzing surveillance efforts, collecting, and interpreting data, and communicating results for informed decision making.
Until recently, all AFETP training activities were on-hold as FETP residents and graduates were involved in their country’s COVID-19 response efforts. Launched in 2019, the AFETP Intermediate Program also recently saw the graduation of its first cohort, which comprised 30 public health professionals.