Evaluation of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP).
HSCL evaluated the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) from its inception (2008) to the present (2022). The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) is a two-year in-service program in applied epidemiology, veterinary epidemiology, and public health laboratory epidemiology and management. Having been implemented since 2008 by the Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) with support from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Management of the program is now being transitioned to Nigeria’s Public Health (the Nigeria Center for Disease Control), hence the need for an evaluation to assess the program’s effectiveness in achieving its objectives and identify opportunities for consolidation and gaps for course correction.
Following the finalization of the report, the dissemination workshop was held at Hawthorn Suites, Abuja on the 9th of December 2022 to share the findings. The stakeholders in attendance included the Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and other representatives of the agency. Other agencies, organizations, and institutions represented at the event included the University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Federal Ministry of Health, AFENET, US CDC, and HSCL.
HSCL presented key highlights of the report. In addition to feedback from other participants, the Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa thanked HSCL for the successful conduct of the evaluation. He expressed his delight that the report is coming at a good time and will be taken into consideration in planning the next steps for NFELTP.