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Building the required skillsets for a resilient public health workforce: A decade of field epidemiology training in Ghana

Ernest Kenu
Delia A. Bandoh
Basil B. Kaburi
Samuel O. Sackey


The emergence and re-emergence of infectious and non-infectious diseases is a major issue of public health concern. The outbreak of Ebola, Lassa Fever, Meningitis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to have a multisectoral public health workforce with the requisite skillsets to effectively address these situations.
As part of the strategies to build these skillsets for public health professionals, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) has assisted countries and territories to establish Field Epidemiology Training Programs. The aim of the FETP training is to provide the public health workforces with the ability to prevent, early detect and respond to threats with the skills to collect, analyse and interrupt disease information so that prompt action can be taken to save lives