Under the Patronage of his Excellency the Undersecretary and Acting Federal Minister of Health Dr. Heitham M.I. Awadallah, Sudan Field Epidemiology Training Program graduated it’s first cohort of Intermediate FETP. The program is a collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Health, the Eastern Mediterrenean Public Health Network(EMPHNET) and the Centre of Disease Control (CDC)at Atlanta USA.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Dr. Haitham Bashir Training and Capacity Building Director at GHD/EMPHNET and EMPHNET team (virtually),Dr. Ghada Shouna,EMPHNET Sudan representative, Dr. Nima Abid WHO representative, Dr. Ahmed Shadoul General Secretary of SMSB, Dr. Muntasir Osman FETP Director and Technical advisors Dr. Shahd Osman, Dr. Mohamed Nageeb and Dr. Hassan AlBushra.
His excellency Dr.Awadalla commended the Sudan FETP for successfully training and graduating this cohort and emphasized the ministry’s commitment towards strengthening the country’s capacity in surveillance and outbreak investigation. Dr. Heitham Awadallah also highlighted the importance of training larger numbers in the basics of field epidemiology especially frontliners at the local level, suggesting that SFETP can introduce the basic tier to improve the capacity of the local health system in field epidemiology.
Dr.Nima Abid (WHO) reflected on the importance of FETPs and FELTPs and suggested adding a laboratory component to the program, Dr. Abid also assured that WHO will continue providing support to the program as needed.
Dr. Ghada Shouna delivered a speech on behalf of Dr. Mohanned AlNsour, executive director of EMPHNET and ensured EMPHNET’s commitment and support towards the program. Dr. Shouna also thanked Sudan’s team for thier efforts in implementing FETP in Sudan with all challenges faced.
The graduation ceremony also included speeches from SFETP director Dr. Muntasir Osman, SFETP technical advisor Dr. Shahd Osman and IFETP student representative Dr. Amna Khairy.
Finally the program concluded with distribution of certificates to graduates and tokens of appreciation to program supporters including previous FETP directors, technical advisors and supervisors.