The Sudan Field Epidemiology Training Program (SFETP) is a competency-based training and fellowship program that generates field epidemiologists by building core competencies of epidemiology and public health interventions, as well as empowering them with skills to collect, analyze and interpret disease information. The aim of the program is to enhance Sudan’s applied epidemiology capacity, surveillance system and evidence-based decision making. Ultimately, via provision of epidemiologic training and services, Sudan’s preparedness and response to public health emergencies is strengthened and resilient.
The SFETP started in 2017 as a collaboration between the General Directorate of Emergency and Epidemic Control at Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health and the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET). To date, the program has successfully graduated one Advanced SFETP cohort of 14 epidemiologists who are currently contributing to improving Sudan’s epidemiological capacities and services via their work in ministries of health in different states across the nation, as well as UN agencies and national and international non-governmental organizations.