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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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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