On October 23rd, 2014, following the request of Pakistan Army, the Pakistan Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) conducted a one-day training workshop on Ebola Preparedness in Pakistan. The training was held in collaboration with the Pakistan Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute (AFPGMI), and was attended by 128 public health professionals from the Pakistan Army and select civilian institutions. Participants also came from Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Kharian and Lahore hospitals. The workshop was inaugurated by the Deputy Surgeon General of Armed Forces Maj Gen Asif Mumtaz Sukhera, AMC. His opening presentation was followed by a meeting headed by Commandant of PGMI, General Viqar Ahmed Khan.
The workshop’s training material was collaboratively developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Medicines Sans Frontières (MSF).
It is worth noting that the Pakistan Army had also requested the Pakistan FELTP to provide similar trainings in Karachi, Quetta, and Lahore. The Pakistan FELTP is a member of National Task Force for Ebola Preparedness, which is the highest-level federal body with provincial and partner’s participation. The FELTP is also part of the Rapid Response Team for Ebola. Therefore, the Pakistan FELTP Resident Advisor, is invited as an expert field epidemiologist to attend Ebola related meetings.