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DPHSWD in Central America
  • Published Date:
    March 2013
  • Language:
    English
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Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Center for Global Health (U.S.). Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development.
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    Overview and goals -- Accomplishments in Central America -- Program description: Building workforce capacity; Strengthening public health systems; Strengthening public health infrastructure and institutions -- Future plans -- Key partners.

    The Central American Field Epidemiology Training Program (CA FETP) was established in 2000 as part of the effort to rebuild the public health infrastructure in Central American and Caribbean countries destroyed by Hurricanes Mitch and Georges in 1998. The Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development (DPHSWD), in the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with public health institutions in eight countries to establish the regional program.

    The initial program included Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Haiti and Belize were recently added to the program. CA FETP strengthens system capacity by producing a highly-skilled public health workforce with field experience in epidemiology and research methods. Academic accreditation is provided by the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in Guatemala City, which is also the site of the CDC-Central America Region Office (CDC-CAR). Through CA FETP, qualified candidates are trained and often move on to leadership positions in their respective national public health institutions. To date, CA FETP has trained more than 3,000 public health personnel in applied epidemiology through the basic, intermediate and advanced programs.

    The goals of CA FETP are to: Build national epidemiological and institutional capacities in surveillance, outbreak investigation and planned studies; Foster a science and evidence-based approach for developing and implementing effective public health programs and policies; Maintain the technical partnerships between member countries and CDC which facilitates in-country scientific and programmatic support.

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