The third cohort of the Frontline Field Epidemiology (FETP) Training Program has begun in Somalia, on 18th September 2022 in Mogadishu. The National Institute of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health in close collaboration with The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) with support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and The Public Health Agency of Sweeden are the spearheading the initiation and implementation of the Frontline FETP in Somalia.
The inauguration of Cohort3, Frontline-FETP was officiated by the Deputy minister of the Ministry of Health and Human Services, His excellence Dr. Mohamed Hasen Mohamed, Also keynotes speech were made: The Director of the National Institute of Health Dr Abdifatah Ahmed, WHO country Director of Somalia Dr. Mamanur Malik, Dr Tatek Bogale-AFENET(Virtually), and Ms. Engler Gene – US CDC (virtually).
On August 29, 2021, Somalia began participating in Frontline-FETP. Following the program’s debut, two subsequent Cohort Graduated from the Program with a total of 44 health workers surveillance who were selected from all National and subnational levels who improved the surveillance rate of the countries, investigated, and participated in response to more than 44 disease outbreaks along the countries.
This is the third Cohort of Frontline-FETP that demonstrates a strong will of the FMOH to build a resilient and self-reliant public health system with the capacity to detect, investigate and respond to any public health emergency including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.