Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program

Program overview

The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) is a workforce development strategy of the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development implemented by the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) with technical and financial support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NFELTP is founded on the One World, One Health paradigm and trains epidemiologists in three tracks (medical, veterinary, and laboratory) in affiliation with two master of public health-awarding Nigerian universities—Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria and the University of Ibadan.

Achievements

NFELTP has graduated seven successive cohorts and is currently (as of March 2018) training its eighth and ninth cohorts. The graduates and residents constitute a significant part of the workforce at the National Public Health Institute in the country. As of 2019, 279 trainees have graduated from the Advanced level and 1,116 trainees have graduated from the frontline level. Graduates and residents played a crucial role in the containment of the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak in Nigeria, supported the response in other West African countries, and have helped to set up FETP programs in those countries. NFELTP has participated in all Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Networks (TEPHINET), AFENET, and Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) International Night conferences since its inception and has won several awards.