FETP 40th Anniversary

We train people who we sometimes call disease detectives. They go beneath the surface to try and identify: What are the causes? What can we do to control the diseases?

– Jared Omolo, MD
Epidemiologist, CDC Rwanda

Since 1980, CDC has helped train more than 18,000 disease detectives in over 80 countries through its flagship global Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). 2020 is the 40th anniversary of CDC supporting the establishment of Thailand’s Field Epidemiology Training Program, the first FETP site created outside of North America.

FETPs expand CDC’s reach by training public health professionals to investigate and respond to disease outbreaks and other health threats. Through these programs, countries help fulfill the International Health Regulations (IHR) requirements for disease surveillance and response, and strengthen their capacity by conducting surveillance, analyzing data, and making sound evidence-based decisions. FETPs also work to address the increasingly important burden of noncommunicable diseases.

FETP graduates are CDC’s “boots on the ground” and play a critical role in ensuring global health security. They do this by strengthening the public health workforce and expanding regional and global disease detection networks available during crises.

Throughout 2020, DGHP will share stories and information about the FETP program, its members, and the work that they do around the world.

FETP is really one of the most exciting programs that we have. It has allowed us to work shoulder to shoulder with a lot of the governments throughout the region.

– Emily Zielinski Gutierrez, DrPH
Director, CDC Central America Region

FETP Profile: Dr. Ndadilnasiya Endie Waziri
Dr. Endie Waziri crossing a river in Nigeria to vaccinate children against polio. Photo: NSTOP Team

Dr. Ndadilnasiya Endie Waziri is the current National Coordinator of the National Stop Transmission of Polio Program (NSTOP) at the African Field Epidemiology Network Office (AFENET) in Nigeria, where she provides both technical and administrative oversight of the program and over 300 staff.

As a graduate of Nigeria FELTP, Dr. Waziri embodies what the FETP program seeks to do…