Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan, FELTP Pakistan Resident
EMPHNET launched its Annual Photo Contest in 2015 with aims to document the work of Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) residents and graduates in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)-in memorable photos. Using photography, their achievements can be brought to the spotlight, both within regional and international communities. Candidates were asked to submit photos expressive of their endeavors in public health, namely outbreak investigations, rapid response activities, health awareness campaigns, and research. First place winners stood for an attractive prize- an all-expense paid opportunity to attend an international conference (sponsored by EMPHNET).
Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan, a resident of the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) in Pakistan won first place. As the first place winner of EMPHNET’s 2015 FETP Photo Contest, Dr. Khan participated in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference- an annual CDC forum which provides for US and international EIS officers the opportunity to present their epidemiologic activities. . The event was held this year between May 2 and 5 in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Dr. Khan tells the story here of his participation in the EIS Conference.
I am proud to have attended the EIS Conference as both a participant and a representative of FELTP Pakistan. The purpose of the conference is to create a forum for public health professionals from around the globe to present the work they have achieved to control communicable and non-communicable diseases and environmental threats.
The purpose of the conference reflects my belief that our successes-as public health professionals-must be made known to fellow experts and even the general public. We make a difference on the ground, and our work needs to get enough visibility. This was actually the reason I was excited about participating in EMPHNET’s photo contest in the first place- because I believe we need to share our successes.
At the conference, I met with epidemiologists, experts, infectious disease specialists and EIS officers, and this was an opportunity to enhance my experience in the field through the conversations I exchanged with them. For me, this was the best part: I talked about my experience, and I also learned about theirs. I am grateful to have had the chance to be part of such fertile discussions which impact public health in our region and global health at large. What I found of equal importance are the various sessions I have attended at the conference.
My participation in the EIS Conference will add much to my work in the future. I am thankful for EMPHNET for making this trip a successful one. This is yet another testimony to the continuous support that the organization provides to FELTP Pakistan and field epidemiology training programs across the region.