In collaboration with GHD/EMPHNET, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in Sudan conducted a training workshop titled Public Health Surveillance. Held in Khartoum, Sudan between July 30 and August 3 2017, this workshop was the first in a three-part series forming the didactic component of the Public Health Empowerment Program – Surveillance for Polio (PHEP – SPO). Residents of the first PHEP – SPO cohort were in attendance. This cohort is made up of 30 polio surveillance officers from the Al-Jazirah, Blue Nile, Gadarif, Sinnar, and White Nile 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 and WHO-Sudan, the training workshop covered issues such as methods of data collection, biostatistics, and the analysis, display, interpretation, and evaluation of public health surveillance data.
Following this training, the residents were immediately assigned to a four-week field work projects, each resident being supervised by his/her respective mentor to conduct data quality audits and develop weekly surveillance reports.