Grant Research & Grant Writing Workshop

The Field Epidemiology Society of Kenya (FESK) & Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (KFELTP) held a workshop titled “Grant Research and Grant Writing” on 19th – 22nd August 2019 at 67 Airport Hotel, Machakos. The facilitator was JR Ransom, the Director of Research & Evaluation, Piret Partners Consulting, Washington, DC, USA.

The goal of the workshop was to improve FELTP faculty and alumni ability to research and respond to grant requests for applications  (RFAs).

The objective of the workshop was to:

  1. Highlight grant consolidation sites that faculty and alumni should subscribe to
  2. Teach basic steps to respond to grant RFAs and how to review them for strategic alignment
  3. Teach basic steps that can help improve individual/organization odds of receiving a grant award
  4. Improve basic grant-writing skills & how to pull components together into a full grant proposal

The FESK and FELTP leadership present for the workshop were:

  1. Waqo Boru – Chairman, FESK (Cohort 5 alumni)
  2. Josephine Githaiga – Program Head, FELTP
  3. Maurice Owinyi – Scientific Writer, AFENET
  4. Andrew Sitati – Program Manager, AFENET
  5. Hellen Titany – Program Assistant, AFENET
  6. Elvis Oyugi – Field Coordinator, FELTP (Cohort 10 alumni)
  7. Jane Githuku– Field Coordinator, FELTP (Cohort 8 alumni)

Some of the topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts – how they differ
  • How to search for grant RFAs
  • Websites and organizations that consolidate information on all types of available grants
  • Developing organizational capacity to search for and respond to RFAs
  • Important procedures to follow to improve odds of receiving a grant
  • Reading the guidelines and writing the grant
  • Grant budgets and budget justifications


Each participant was required to complete and present to the group for critique:

  • a grant narrative;
  • work plan;
  • budget and budget narrative; and
  • logic model

At the end of the 3.5-day course, FELTP faculty and staff administered a 14-item evaluation questionnaire. The items were to assess participant satisfaction with the overall course, the quality of materials used to teach the concepts, and the performance of the facilitators. These data are used to tweak delivery and materials as we continue to help FELTP residents, staff, and alumni improve their grant seeking and writing skills.

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Expanding Horizons for Public Health Workforce Development in Africa

The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC), held a two day workshop from 16 – 17 November 2017 at the Africa CDC in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, focusing on Expanding Horizons for Public health workforce Development in Africa.

AFENET among other partners met to discuss a coordinated approach for public health workforce development on the African continent. The Africa CDC was officially launched on 31 January 2017 by the African Union. Through the workshop, the Africa CDC aimed to identify existing capacities in Africa in workforce development with respect to the various sectors and disciplines of public health practice; to identify areas of collaboration and partnership on training programs with all existing partners in the Africa; and to brainstorm on a development of a manual for workforce agenda.

Dr Chima Ohuabunwo – Executive Director AFENET, made a presentation on behalf of AFENET accompanied by Dr Olivia Namusisi- Technical Advisor and Ms Lillian Kironde- Administrator. AFENET has been instrumental in the setup of the Africa CDC Fellowship Program. AFENET is among the core members that helped to set up the Africa Health volunteer’s corps-a network of public health workforce that will be drawn upon to respond to any public health emergency of the continent. AVoHC will be hosted and coordinated by the African CDC.

The Africa CDC Fellowship Program aims for long-term public health workforce development: field epidemiology training programs to include veterinary public health, laboratory training programs and public health informatics, continuing professional development short courses, and plans to have Africa CDC fellowship and scholarship programs for young Africans.