Between May 27 and October 9, 2018, the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), in collaboration with GHD/EMPHNET, trained the third cohort of the Public Health Empowerment Program – Surveillance for Polio Officers (PHEP-SPO). This program is designed to train district-level polio officers in the skills they need to support the FMoH’s and state Ministries’ of Health (MoHs). The goals from this program are to sustain polio eradication, strengthen routine immunization, and contribute to other functions of the national health system.
This third cohort comprised participants from five states; East Darfur, North Kordfan, South Darfur, West Darfur and West Kordfan states. A total of 22 participants graduated from the third cohort representing 16 localities and states’ Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).
The graduation ceremony took place in Khartoum on October 9, following the conclusion of the program’s third training workshop. The ceremony was presided by the Director General of the Primary Health Care at the FMoH. It was attended by senior EPI staff, partners involved in polio eradication and immunization in Sudan, and GHD/EMPHNET’s representative.
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.