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.


Kenya Medical Research Institute Annual Scientific Conference

Kenya FELTP presented 15 abstracts at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Annual Scientific Conference which was held in February 2017. Out of 15 abstracts submitted for consideration and 14 were accepted for presentation (12 oral and 2 poster). The abstracts have were submitted by residents undertaking basic, intermediate and advanced epidemiology as shown below.

No Name Level Topic Oral or Poster presentation
1 Elizabeth Oele Intermediate Graduate and Cohort 13 resident Adolescent pregnancies Oral
2 Mwenda Valerian Cohort 13 resident Prostate cancer Oral
3 Kiplagat Anthony Basic Group 11 HEI who test positive Oral
4 Winfred Ngami Intermediate Class 2 IPT for HIV patients Oral
5 Samuel Ndaama Intermediate Class 3 ARV adherence, Muranga Oral
6 Raphael Mwanyamawi Basic Group 6 Helminths in pregnancy Oral
7 Edwin Gudu Intermediate Class 3 Anemia in Busia Poster
8 Mbai Jospaht Advanced Cohort 13 Brucellosis – Makueni Oral
9 Orimbo Erick Advanced Cohort 13 Brucellosis- Migori Oral
10 Ongaki Dominic Intermediate Class 3 ANC visits, Turkana Oral
11 Umoru Ibrae Intermediate Class 2 Impact of free maternal care on maternal/infant outcomes Oral
12 Tiara Lilian Basic Group 11 TB Poster
13 Ikutu Caleb Basic Group 9 Road/traffic injuries in Nandi Oral
14 Roy Katisya Basic Group 6 Pre-eclampsia Oral