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DPHSWD in South Africa
  • Published Date:
    October 2012
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  • Alternative Title:
    Public health systems and workforce development in South Africa
  • Description:
    Overview and goals -- Accomplishments in South Africa -- Program description: Building workforce capacity; Strengthening public health systems; Strengthening public health infrastructure and institutions -- Future plans -- Key partners.

    In 2006, the Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assisted the government of South Africa initiate the South Africa Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (SA-FELTP) within the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. The SA-FELTP is a 2-year, full-time residency training and service program, which provides an accredited Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Pretoria. CDC also collaborates with the South Africa National Department of Health (NDoH) on the SA-FELTP. The program aims to: Develop a government-owned and sustainable platform for building field epidemiology capacity for health professionals at all levels of the South African health services system; Strengthen the capacity of public health professionals to detect and respond to acute public health events; Train health professionals to utilize an evidence-based approach to drive program and policy decision-making; Engage in and encourage epidemiologic research aligned with National priorities and health conditions; Support national, regional, and international collaboration to strengthen field epidemiology capacity; Maintain a high standard of teaching and mentoring.

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