The Nigeria Field Epidemiology Training Program (NFELTP) is one of the 16 AFENET member programs. Established in October 2008, the NFELTP is a two year in-service training program in applied epidemiology, veterinary epidemiology and public health laboratory epidemiology and management. NFELTP was created to be a long-term ongoing program within the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD). The program aims at training field epidemiology, veterinary epidemiology, and public health laboratory residents for leadership positions at various levels in both ministries mentioned above. During their training, residents provide epidemiological service as may be required to the FMOH, FMARD, and respective State Ministries of Health (SMOH) and State Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, through short and long-term field placements.
The field epidemiology component is similar to programs that have been established in more than 50 other countries and modeled after the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) two-year Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) training program. The public health laboratory training component is based on CDC's Emerging Infections Program which is a one- year applied laboratory training program.
Nigeria is among the first countries to implement a veterinary track to address the ever-increasing threat of zoonotic infectious diseases and strengthen the collaboration between the human and animal health sectors; a concept popularly known as the One World, One Health concept.
For more information on NFELTP, visit: AFENET Nigeria Website