The Zimbabwe-FETP is a 2-year, competency-based, applied epidemiology training program. The program continues to assist the Ministry of Health and Child Care create a permanent capacity to recruit, train, and employ public health practitioners to sustain the public health infrastructure. Apart from that, the Zimbabwe-FETP is also working with the MOHCC to enhance the capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats through training in field epidemiology.
On 17 January 2020 the Zimbabwe-FETP Director and field coordinators had an orientation meeting with the 28th cohort of the program. The program recruited 9 full time and 10 part time trainees. The class consists of trainees with varying backgrounds namely medical doctors, pharmacy, laboratory scientists, nutritionists, veterinary doctors, nursing and occupational therapists. They started lectures on 20 January 2020 with the Public Health Philosophy module. In this module trainees receive lectures on basic concepts in public health, Primary Health Care and Essentials of Public Health.
The program director (Professor Tshimanga), Reginal Technical Advisor (Dr Gombe), program Technical Advisor (Ms Juru) and Ass Field Coordinator (Dr Govha) pose for a photo and share lighter moments with the trainees after the orientation meeting