TEPHINET Welcomes the Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program to Our Network
TEPHINET is pleased to announce that the Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program (LFETP) officially has joined our network as our 73rd member program. LFETP was founded in 2015 with an FETP-Frontline and FETP-Intermediate program. LFETP is implemented by the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since its founding, the program has produced 227 frontline graduates and 47 intermediate graduates.
Graduates of LFETP work and respond at the national, county, and district levels, including responding to the Ebola outbreaks in Montserrado County in 2015, meningococcal outbreaks in Sinoe County in 2017 and Lofa County in 2018, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates are involved in contact tracing and monitoring and early detection of cases. Since FETP training began in Liberia, timeliness and completeness of surveillance reporting has increased drastically, from 53 percent in 2016 to 90 percent today.
LFETP graduates and participants have presented at international conferences and successfully organized two annual scientific conferences in Liberia with the National Public Health Institue of Liberia (NPHIL). LFETP has also been establishing Liberia Research clubs to build an interest in scientific research.
Welcome to our network!