The Task Force for Global Health (TFGH) held a meeting to begin developing the implementation strategy for the recommendations put forth in the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap.
The meeting took place at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters between February 13 and 15, 2019. In addition to the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the meeting was attended by representatives from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, European CDC, TEPHINET, Australian National University, South Africa Regional Global Disease Detection Center, African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and Africa CDC.
This meeting serves as a follow-up to a previous meeting held last year at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center where FETP leaders and stakeholders from around the world gathered to develop strong and sustainable field epidemiology capacities worldwide.
In this meeting, participants reviewed the recommendations produced by the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap, which was the outcome of the Bellagio meeting.
Participants also discussed having a Strategic Management Group (SMG) to be responsible for managing the FETP enterprise. Issues relevant to the SMG’s composition and governance were also explored.
Furthermore, participants discussed the SMG’s role in planning to align the applied epidemiology workforce to the needs of the countries and the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).
These needs include ensuring field epidemiologists’ capacities for rapid response; sustaining funding for the FETP enterprise through developing plans for investments attraction; implementing steps to accelerate institutionalization of FETPs; and working towards improving all aspects of the FETP enterprise.
Following this meeting, an operational plan will be finalized and disseminated to all involved parties.