FETP at 40: Expanding the Footprint of Disease Detectives Worldwide

Commemorating Four Decades of Building Field Epidemiology Capacity

In 1980, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported the establishment of the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in Thailand, making it the first FETP site outside of North America.

Today, more than 80 FETPs exist to train “disease detectives” who work to strengthen public health capacity and action in more than 100 countries. With more than 14,000 alumni around the world, FETP has stood the test of time as a means of building the public health workforce necessary to detect and respond to public health emergencies like COVID-19.

In 2020, join TEPHINET and our partners in commemorating four decades of building field epidemiology capacity across the world through FETP. On this page, you will find 40th anniversary stories, videos, and information from TEPHINET and our partners.

TEPHINET will continuously update this page throughout 2020.


FETP at 40: Stories

FETP: Thriving in Ethiopia

David Sugerman serves as the Resident Advisor (RA) for the Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP). A 2007 graduate of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), David is trained in disease surveillance and outbreak response. Over the past 13 years, he has...

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Kenya: FELTP Activated for Emergency Response

When the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in China, Kenyan officials knew that the outbreak would eventually reach Kenya. Nairobi is a major travel hub for the East, Central, and West Africa region and a connecting point for most travelers from China. The Kenyan government...

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COVID-19 Response in Saudi Arabia

As the CDC Country Director and Resident Advisor for the Saudi Arabia Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), Joanna Gaines has worn many hats during the ongoing COVID-19 response. From conducting contract tracing in Qatif (an Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia) to leading site assessments in hospitals and quarantine facilities, and...

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Vietnam: COVID-19 Response

On January 23, 2020, Vietnam reported its very first case of COVID-19. May 6th marked 100 days of COVID-19 in Vietnam, and 100 days of strong cooperation between Vietnam and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vietnam has...

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FELTP: The Frontline of Defense Against COVID-19 in Pakistan

Located near China and Iran, early epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan believed it was at increased risk of a widespread COVID-19 epidemic. As a result, the government of Pakistan...

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Recent Graduates of Cambodia’s FETP Use Their Frontline Training to Respond to COVID-19

When the first COVID-19 case appeared in Cambodia in January 2020, the Ministry of Health (MOH) had little capacity to investigate the case and conduct contract tracing — two activities crucial to track and control the spread of the disease. However, Cambodia...

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Dr. Waziri – Helping to Build a Stronger Workforce in Nigeria through FELTP

Dr. Ndadilnasiya Endie Waziri is the current National Coordinator of the National Stop Transmission of Polio Program (NSTOP) at the African Field Epidemiology Network Office (AFENET) in Nigeria, where she provides both technical and administrative oversight of the program and over 300 staff.

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CoronApp Strengthens FETP Efforts in Colombia

A lot has happened since CDC and the National Health Institute (INS) in Colombia established a group of disease detectives through Colombia’s Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in 1992. Since then, INS...

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Uganda’s Disease Detectives Increase Contributions to Critical PEPFAR Priority Areas

The advanced-level of the Uganda Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) began in 1994, as a “Public Health School Without Walls”. As the program progressed, it evolved into more of an academic masters-level public health program (MPH).  Despite the strong academic value, the graduates...

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Dr. Lia Sanodze – Georgia FELTP Improving Public Health While Responding to COVID-19

Lia Sanodze, MD, is the chief specialist at National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) in Tbilisi, Georgia. In this role, she assesses health care network preparedness and provides hospital staff training in infection prevention and control measures. As a graduate...

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FETP at 40: Videos

FETP at 40 Years

In 2020, CDC and partners celebrate 40 years of the Field Epidemiology Training Program. In more than 80 countries, CDC has supported partner-government efforts to train a local workforce of disease detectives. More than 18,000 trained disease detectives work worldwide to detect and respond to disease outbreaks.

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