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  • Alternative Title:
    Public health systems and workforce development in Nigeria
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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development (DPHSWD), has been working in Nigeria since 2008. The program aims to save lives and ensure global health security by building workforce capacity, strengthening public health systems, and improving the institutional capacity of the country.

    In collaboration with the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), DPHSWD established a Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (N-FELTP) in Abuja. The N-FELTP is a 2-year field-training program during which residents spend 25% of their time in the classroom and 75% of their time doing field work and supporting the FMOH. Areas of focus include disease surveillance, outbreak response, and program evaluation, along with training in applied epidemiology, laboratory science, and veterinary epidemiology. After residents have completed the program requirements, they receive a Master of Public Health degree in Field Epidemiology, Veterinary Epidemiology, or Laboratory Epidemiology and Management, through Ahmadu Bello University or the University of Ibadan.

    The DPHSWD Sustainable Management Development Program (SMDP) is designed to provide N-FELTP residents with leadership and management training to prepare them for leadership positions in their district, state, and national public health systems. SMDP worked with the Carter Center to establish a management training center in Jos, which has since trained hundreds of health managers. SMDP also partners with FMOH, FELTP, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the CDC Global Immunization Program to train volunteers for the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) and National Stop Transmission of Polio (NSTOP) programs. SMDP delivered a ten-day (N-STOP) Training Program in July 2012 in Abuja, Nigeria at the N-FELTP offices.

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