Overview: TEPHINET and FETP-Frontline Implementation across Latin America and the Caribbean

As an implementing partner to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TEPHINET received funds to help countries across Latin America and the Caribbean build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to the threat of Zika by developing in-country expertise to detect disease outbreaks locally and prevent them from spreading. One of the major components of all the projects was the implementation of a frontline, or basic-level, 12-week field epidemiology training program (officially known as FETP-Frontline) to rapidly and efficiently train health workers with an emphasis on conducting Zika disease surveillance, identifying microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, and ensuring FETP-Frontline graduates are ready to respond to Zika and other vector-borne outbreaks at the country level. This report provides a basic overview of this work.