Sudan Federal Ministry of Health Conducts Second Workshop for PHEP-SPO’s Second Cohort
In collaboration with GHD/EMPHNET, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in Sudan conducted a training workshop titled Outbreak Investigation and Leadership and Management, the second in three comprising the didactic component of the Public Health Empowerment Program – Surveillance for Polio Officers (PHEP – SPO). The workshop was conducted from May 08 to May 15, 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 World Health Organization (WHO)- Sudan, the training workshop covered issues of outbreak investigation, role of public health laboratories, community-based surveillance, as well as leadership and management.
Following this training, the residents will be immediately assigned to a four-week field work project. Each resident will be supervised by his/her respective mentor to continue data quality audits, outbreak or case investigation and design and implement field projects to address common challenges in their respective districts.