CDC Trains Frontline Disease Detectives

In 2014, when the world saw the largest ever Ebola outbreak, Liberia was one of the hardest-hit countries. But without much needed training, many cases were not detected in time and individuals were missed. The CDC has since rectified the problem by launching the country’s first Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in association with the Liberian Health ministry. The two year course trains individuals in country to be able to act as detectives to help deter the spread of diseases, and has graduated some 110+ individuals by the end of 2016.

A mentor provides technical oversight for disease detectives trainees during a measles. Source: CDC

The participants also go through an intense 3-month frontline course to prepare them should another epidemic hit the country, as well as training on managing diseases as early as possible. The program has already yielded its first results during the 2015 resurgence of Ebola in Monrovia. Thanks to the training the outbreak was stopped quickly and all cases resolved expediently. The program is now being used in more than 60 countries worldwide.

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