TEPHINET Welcomes the Sudan Field Epidemiology Training Program to Our Network
TEPHINET is pleased to announce that the Sudan Field Epidemiology Training Program (S-FETP) officially has joined our network as our 72nd member program. S-FETP was founded in 2017 as a two-year, advanced-level FETP through a collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Health of Sudan and the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET). Since its founding, 14 residents have graduated from the program.
In 2016, an External Evaluation Team (EET) conducted an assessment based on the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulation (IHR) Joint External Evaluation (JEE) tool. After the evaluation, the lack of an FETP in Sudan, or the lack thereof a similar program, was recognized and recommendations were made for the need of an epidemiological outbreak team. Since the program’s founding, the country’s surveillance system and response have been improved by the contributions of FETP residents.
This past year saw six outbreaks in different parts of Sudan, including cholera, chikungunya, Rift Valley fever, malaria, dengue and diphtheria. S-FETP residents were heavily involved in the investigations and contributed to training rapid response teams. Between 2019 and 2023, S-FETP has strategically planned to supply FETP training at all levels of the health system and has set a goal of achieving accreditation.
Welcome to our network!