The second cohort of Somalia Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) began on March 20th 2022. The total of 23 health workers graduates completed all of the requirements and received certificates of completion on 19th of July 2022 during a graduation ceremony that took place in Mogadishu, Somalia.
The graduation ceremony was opened by the Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Abdifatah Ahmed, followed by the remarks from officials and dignitaries from various NIH partners and FETP supporting agencies including AFENET, CDC, WHO as well as closing remarks by Director General of Minister of Health Somalia, Dr. Abdinasir Mukhtar, all of who acknowledged the efforts of trainees, program implementers, and accelerated surveillance systems improvement reflected by frontline trainees during the training workshop. This was then followed by the awarding of certificates to the 23 graduates.
The NIH Director noted that this cohort of trainees’ graduation represents a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to improve workforce capacity at all levels of the public health system. He also emphasized the need for further capacity development in the area of epidemiology.