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The Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program (ZimFETP) held its annual writing workshop from the 3rd to the 7th of June 2019 at a local hotel in Harare. The objective of the workshop is to strengthen the scientific writing skills of participants with the ultimate goal of publishing in peer reviewed public health journals. Participants are…

As true public health practitioners, the ZimFETP staff took time from their busy schedule to take part in the national clean-up day for the month of May. Declared by President Mnangagwa in December 2018, national clean-up day is held every first Friday of each calendar month from 8a.m to 10a.m at every home, workplace, public…

The Rwanda Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (RFELTP) steering committee spent a week in Zimbabwe interacting and learning from their counterparts at ZimFETP and supporting partners. The delegation from the University of Rwanda was led by Prof Aline Umbuye, Dean School of Public Health and Professor Joseph NTAGANIRA, Coordinator RFELTP. Also in the group…

It is with a heavy heart that we have learnt of the passing on of one of the ZIMFETP Alumni Dr Mandy Sibanda-Dhlamini. She passed away Saturday 13 April 2019 following a complication after having given birth to her third child. Very soft spoken and eloquent, Mandy was loved by many, both colleagues and friends….

Cyclone Idai is regarded as one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Southern Africa. This cyclone brought strong winds and caused severe flooding and mudslides in Madagascar, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique. In Zimbabwe, 181 people were killed, 183 injured and 347 people were missing as of 5 April 2019. In addition, an estimated 50 000 households and…

As part of the competency based training programme, residents spend 16 months in the field attached to a training site under the supervision of experienced mentors, most of which are also alumni of the programme. A field policy manual is used to guide residents on field activities and quarterly assessments are conducted by the health…

The programme held the February monthly seminar as usual at the MOHCC boardroom at Kaguvi Building, Harare and this time, the seminar was graced by AFENET Executive Director, Dr Chima Ohuabunwo who was in the country on a working visit. In the picture, L-R: Ms T Juru (Senior Assistant Field Coordinator,ZIMFETP), Dr (AFENET Executive Director),…

The Zimbabwe MOHCC in collaboration with ZIMFETP and WHO started the implementation of the competency-based leadership, management and epidemiology training program for recent medical graduates who been deployed as District Medical Officers (DMOs). The training program is a 6 month-long on-the-job training with intensive mentorship to better equip DMOs to discharge their duties more efficiently….

In picture: First year residents during their end of module class test in Epidemiology

During their third week in the Epidemiology module, residents are taken through a training manual as a learning guide to enable operation of Epi Info version 3.5, a statistical package used to analyse data. Training is facilitated by second year MPH FETP residents with guidance from the assistant field coordinators.

In the picture: Participants with WHO Director General Dr Tedros at WHO HQ Geneva. In attendance was Professor Tshimanga, the ZIMFETP Director and chairman of the AFENET board. Last year in 2018, The Task Force for Global Health, TEPHINET’s parent organisation, convened a meeting of key leaders and stakeholders from across the globe working to…

The Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology 2019-2020 cohort started lectures on the 21st of January 2019 and are very excited as they begin their great journey in the field of Epidemiology. Enrolled in the cohort are 10 full time residents and they comprise 6 medical officers, 2 pharmacists and 2 environmental health officers. Also enrolled are 6…

The program submitted 10 abstracts for consideration for the 67th EIS conference to be held in Atlanta 16-19 April 2018. Amongst the submitted abstracts, Ms Zvanaka Sithole’s  abstract entitled “ Viral Load Suppression among Adolescents on Anti-Retroviral Therapy, Harare City, Zimbabwe, 2017” was selected for an oral presentation.  The program has consistently submitted abstracts to…

  The program is favorably regarded both locally and internationally as producing high quality graduates. It has become a model for the demonstration of a successful integration and collaboration between American Universities and Colleges. In February 2018, two-second year residents from the ZIMFETP travelled to Seattle to the University of Washington for a six-week MPH…

  On the 24th of January 2018, the TEPHINET Global Accrediting Body reached the decision to confer full accreditation upon the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology training program ( ZIMFETP) making it one of the eight programs to be accredited worldwide. ZIMFETP becomes one of the only three African countries to be accredited after Kenya and Cameroon….

  The program enrolled 10 full time and 4 part-time residents who started their didactics on the of 12th January 2018. Thus far they have covered the first and second academic blocks consisting of Public health Philosophy (Mod 1.1), Epidemiology and Field research (Mod 1.2), Biostatics and Statistical Computing (Mod 1.3), Health System Research (Mod…

Dr. Peter Nsubuga was the main facilitator for the Excellence in Reporting Science Workshop. Dr. Nsubuga is a medical epidemiologist for Global Public Health Solutions, located in Atlanta. He previously worked for Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the World Bank. He has experience writing public health projects and research for African countries, such as…

In June 2017, the University of Zimbabwe Department of Community Medicine (UZ-DMC) hosted a five day workshop titled “Excellence in Reporting Science Writing Workshop MPH 2017” for Masters of Public Health (MPH) students in the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and researchers at the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research Programme (ZiCHIRe). Funded by African…

Visitors from the University of Washington, attending the March monthly seminar where residents were presenting their research findings.

Food Poisoning Amongst Census Enumerators in Gokwe South, Zimbabwe, August 20124 D Bangure1D Chirundu1, M Tshimanga1, NT Gombe1, L Takundwa1 1Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program 2Kadoma City Health Background: Zimbabwe implemented a national census from the 18 to 28 August 2012. On 15 August 2012, a report was received of gastrointestinal illness among census enumerators…

Effectiveness of Short Message Services Reminder on Childhood Immunization in Kadoma, Zimbabwe, 2013- A Randomized Controlled Trial1 DonewellBangure1, D Chirundu2, N T Gombe1, M. Tshimanga1, L. Takundwa1 1Department of Community Medicine, University of Zimbabwe, 2Kadoma City Council Background: Globally, non-attendance for immunization appointments remains a challenge to healthcare providers. A review of the 2011 consolidated…

 
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