Timeline

1997

  • TEPHINET is established. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Foundation Merieux help formalize TEPHINET. The network is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

1999

  • TEPHINET is incorporated in the State of Georgia as a U.S. non-profit charitable organization. It is registered as a private and voluntary organization until 2008.

2000

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 1st TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Ottawa, Canada and establishes TEPHINET conferences as venues for FETPs to network and learn from each other. As part of TEPHINET’s goal to provide professional development opportunities for FETP trainees, TEPHINET begins accepting scientific abstracts from FETP trainees conducting field investigations.

2001

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 1st Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

2002

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 2nd TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Madrid, Spain.
  • TEPHINET assists in the response to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Asia.

2003

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 2nd Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference in Manila, Philippines.

2004

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 3rd TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Beijing, China.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 3rd TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas in San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • TEPHINET begins a quality improvement initiative for FETPs.

2005

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 4th Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2006

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 4th TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Brasilia, Brazil.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 3rd Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference in Chennai, India.

2007

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 4th Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 5th TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas in Bogota, Colombia.

2008

  • TEPHINET merges with the Atlanta-based Task Force for Global Health, an independent, nongovernmental organization focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, and health systems strengthening.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 5th TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2009

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 5th Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 6th TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica.

2010

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 6th TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • An agreement is made to move forward with the accreditation framework developed from 2000-2009 to accredit individual FETPs that meet certain quality standards and indicators.

2011

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 6th Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference in Bali, Indonesia.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 7th TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

2012

  • TEPHINET sponsors the 7th TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Amman, Jordan.
  • TEPHINET accreditation criteria and processes to improve the quality of FETPs are finalized.
  • An accreditation pilot is carried out in four volunteer programs (Brazil, EIS, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe), the results are presented, and an Accreditation Working Group is formed to provide technical expertise to the accreditation program.

2013-2014

  • The Accreditation Working Group develops the process, procedures, and guidelines for programs seeking accreditation. The TEPHINET secretariat supports the process and develops an online platform to access manuals, training resources, and other materials.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 7th Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference in Da Nang City, Vietnam.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 8th TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • TEPHINET assists in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

2015

  • TEPHINET launches the first cycle of FETP accreditation.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 8th TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Mexico City, Mexico.

2016

  • The first three programs are accredited by TEPHINET: the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), the Canada Field Epidemiology Program, and the United Kingdom Field Epidemiology Training Program.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 8th Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • TEPHINET sponsors the 9th TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.
  • TEPHINET assists in the response to the Zika outbreak in the Americas.
  • TEPHIConnect (an online platform for global FETP alumni) is conceptualized and funded.

2017

  • TEPHINET launches the second cycle of FETP accreditation and conducts a pilot training session for new and experienced accreditation application reviewers.
  • From 2016-2017, the TEPHINET Secretariat expands to 15 permanent staff members, the largest it’s ever been.
  • TEPHINET receives 1,159 abstracts for the 9th TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the highest number in its history.