Division of Global Public Health Capacity Development 2007 annual report
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Division of Global Public Health Capacity Development 2007 annual report

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      The Division of Global Public Health Capacity Development (DGPHCD) 2007 Annual Report is the third annual report. Since our last report, several organizational changes have occurred resulting in a name change and the addition of a program to our division. The Division of Epidemiology and Surveillance Capacity Development has been renamed Division of Global Public Health Capacity Development, and we have incorporated the Sustainable Management Development Program (SMDP) into our division.

      The addition of SMDP to our division has enabled us to strengthen our capacity to conduct management training for public health workers. SMDP partners with Ministries of Health, educational institutions, and nongovernmental organizations in developing countries to promote organizational excellence in public health through strengthening leadership and management capacity.

      In addition to our focus on management training, a substantial amount of our work is devoted to helping countries set up Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) and

      Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPs). Since 1980, we have been involved with these applied epidemiology programs, which are modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service. Because each program is uniquely tailored to meet the specific health and programmatic needs of the country, the implementation phase is a carefully detailed process that requires extensive preparation and collaborative work before trainees are able to enroll.

      Sections one through three of the report cover FETPs and FELTPs. The first section describes the 10 FETPs and FELTPs we currently support, which cover 19 countries. The second section covers the five FELTPs that are currently under development and cover 10 countries. Most of these programs are scheduled to start in 2008 under the supervision of in- country CDC Resident Advisors. The third section includes FETPs that are largely self-sustained but to which we provide support on a limited basis. Most of these FETPs have been in existence for many years, including the Thailand FETP which was started in 1980 and was the first FETP created outside of North America.

      Section four presents the work of SMDP. We are supporting program development in four countries. The results of the 2007 Management in International Public Health course are described, as well as plans for the development of a Center of Excellence for Management in partnership with the African Field Epidemiology Network. In addition, in 2007, we provided technical assistance to four countries whose programs are self-sustained. New programs in Ethiopia, Georgia, and Rwanda are being developed in 2008.

      Finally, section five covers other division projects that deal with partnerships as well as non-country specific issues pertaining to the entire division such as the creation of a curriculum and the implementation of a monitoring and evaluation project.

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