Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Four MPH/ FETP (Field Epidemiology Training Program) trainees presented their research work at the 8th Global Scientific TEPHINET Conference that was held early this month at Fiesta Americana Hotel in Mexico City.
TEPHINET is composed of regional networks include AFENET (African Field Epidemiology Network);
REDSUR/REDCEC(Red de entrenamiento en epidemiologia de camp); SAFETYNET (Western Pacific and Southeast Asian Network); EPIET (European Network) and EMPHNET ( The Eastern Mediterranean Network)
The students who made presentations included Ms Lydia Nakiire, Ms Damalie Nsangi, Mr Gerald Obai and Mr Francis Ocen. The students had earlier on in February 2015 worked with the Resident Mentor (Mr Michael Ediau) to prepare and submit their abstracts to the conference organisers.
With the support from the MPH Program Director (Prof Freddie Ssengooba) the students were able to secure funding and together with him and the Resident Mentor, the students put up a good show at the conference.
The students highlighted that the conference was a great learning experience. “I had an amazing opportunity to interact with FETP trainees and graduate from programs all over the world. This allowed me to share my field epidemiology experiences with them and learn more about the pressing health issues they deal with in their countries. The cultural diversity was also exciting and enlightening” (Damalie Nsangi)
TEPHINET, AFENET and the MakSPH-CDC Fellowship Program funded the travel of the 6 participants from Uganda.
Created in 1997, Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) is a professional network of 55 field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) around the world. TEPHINET aims to strengthen international public health capacity by training field epidemiologists through an applied apprenticeship program. Trainees of FETPs master a set of core competencies that are vital to the practice of public health, while providing a valuable public health service to their countries and regions.