GHD/EMPHNET Supports First Training Workshop of Public Health Empowerment Program – Surveillance for Polio Officers in Sudan
In collaboration with GHD/EMPHNET, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in Sudan conducted a training workshop titled Public Health Surveillance, the first in three comprising the didactic component of the Public Health Empowerment Program – Surveillance for Polio (PHEP – SPO). The workshop was conducted from April 07 to April 11, 2018, in Khartoum, Sudan, for the residents of the second PHEP – SPO cohort, a total of 30 polio surveillance officers from the Khartoum, River Nile, Kassala, and Northern states.
As a three-month, in-service program, the PHEP-SPO aims to build the capacities of polio and Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) staff in areas of disease surveillance and public health management. The PHEP-SPO capitalizes on the expertise of these staff members for the benefit of the EPI and other health programs, considering the country’s need to expand the national public health workforce especially at the district level.
In sessions facilitated by the FMoH members, GHD/EMPHNET consultants and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Sudan, the training workshop covered issues of methods of data collection, biostatistics, and the analysis, display, interpretation, and evaluation of public health surveillance data.
Following this training, the residents will be immediately assigned to a four-week field work projects. Each resident will be supervised by his/her respective mentor to conduct data quality audits and develop weekly surveillance reports.