Y-FETP Newsletter- Issue 6 (April-June 2017)

 

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 111111 Page 0 Yemen FETP Newsletter Issue 6 April-June 2017 Ministry of Public Health and Population Primary Health Sector General Directorate of Disease Control and Surveillance Yemen Field Epidemiology Training Program

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 1 Read in this Issue  Opening Speech by Y-FETP Director  Y-FETP Participates in Response to Resurgence of Cholera Epidemic in Yemen Supplement: Y-FETP Third Cohort Residents Start Second Year Placement at Governorates, Programs, and HeaYlt-hFDEireTctPoraRtesesponse to the Resurgence of the  Y-FETP Third CohortCRehsiodelnetsrCaomEplpetiedtheemFiristcYeinar’sYTehimrd ePlnacement   fPYYrr--ooFFmEEjeTTcBPPtEYsPOC-raogFnnaddEnuTizTcEetPssPHTMIwCNReoEeheTtTionsragplinetoionrgnSaSWsuhaeoEprrekpptsThiolhdoeipretsdmhomCneeoBihnciooRtrsta:iefnEeslteuycYtarrenogdnmeiBc nieoSscunercevueriilotlaynfwceitthhDSaeutapbpaosret  Y-FETP Facilitates Public Health Empowerment Program-Basic Field Epidemiology Implementation Workshop with support from EMPHNET  Y-FETP Facilitates Public Health Empowerment Program-Basic Field Epidemiology Stakeholders’ Workshop with support from EMPHNET  Y-FETP Facilitates Public Health Empowerment Program-Basic Field Epidemiology Mentos’ Training Workshop with support from EMPHNET  Y-FETP Technical Advisor Visits Malaysian Epidemic Intelligence Program and Participates in the Eight Cohort Trainees’ Outbreak Presentations Workshop  Y-FETP Launches Call for Applications to Join Fourth Advance Y-FETP Cohort  Y-FETP Conducts Six Outbreaks Investigations and Helps in Rapid Containment Also read in the Newsletter Supplement: Y-FETP Response to Resurgence of Cholera Epidemic in Yemen

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 2 Opening Speech Dr. Abdul Hakeem Al Kohlani, Y-FETP director With more than 200,000 cholera cases and over 1,400 fatalities in war- torn Yemen since the 2nd cholera wave started on 27 April, the dire situation is turning into a disaster. The Y-FETP is working under the leadership of the MoPHP and in coordination with partners (especially WHO and UNICEF) in responding to this upsurge in cholera transmission in most parts of the country through focusing on early detection, improved case management, and targeted prevention for districts with confirmed cases. The Y-FETP residents appointed by MoPHP and the WHO as cholera control coordinators to lead the response activities in the 10 districts with highest caseload where they assess the cholera response activities to ensure timely investigation, adherence to standard case definition, proper case management, effective infection control practice and improve data management and information dissemination. Furthermore, Y-FETP supported the “Hot Districts” in micro-planning for the cholera outbreak response and contributed to health education activities among vulnerable communities and caregivers to raise their awareness on prevention of cholera (Read more in the Newsletter supplement). Despite this emergency situation, we keep eyes on other regular and planned activities to strengthen Yemen’s health system. At the beginning of this quarter, our residents successfully completed designing nine automated databases projects aiming to improve quality of surveillance systems where they trained and engaged the programs staff in designing and pilot testing of these databases. Thereafter, the YFETP conducted a meeting to share these projects with programs’ directors and mentors who significantly valued the Y-FETP continuous support to the MoPHP programs through identifying the gaps and help in finding solutions. As the Y-FETP 3rd cohort completed their first year of residency at the central level addressing the MoPHP public health priorities, residents started, during this quarter, their second year of the residency where they will provide direct service to the governorates and programs/ directorates. They will help analyze surveillance data and evaluate surveillance systems to recommend appropriate actions for improvement. They will also be conducting outbreak investigations and recommending actions for preventing recurrences. Finally, they will be designing and implementing planned studies that are tackling priority problems for their governorates and programs. As part of the Y-FETP commitment towards task force development and capacity building, the Y-FETP supported by the Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP) and TEPHINET organized two training workshops to strengthen the core competences of the Y-FETP residents and graduates as well as key MoPHP and governorates staff on biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management. Recognizing the increasingly complex health challenges facing the Yemeni health system, the Y-FETP, supported by EMPHNET, facilitated the implementation, stakeholders’ and mentors’ workshops to pave the road for launching the Public Health Empowerment Program- Basic Field Epidemiology. This is a three-month, in-service training where the governorates’ and districts’ surveillance officers will learn and practice the key skills of surveillance and outbreak investigation. As part of the Y-FETP networking, our Technical Advisor visited the Malaysian Epidemic Intelligence Program (EIP), participated in the EIP Trainees’ Outbreak Presentations Workshop, and gave a presentation on the Y-FETP achievements. Finally, despite all challenges, the Y-FETP lunches the call for applications to join the advance twoyear fourth Y-FETP cohort. Until we meet in our next issue, I wish you all the best! FOR CONTACT INFORMATION Dr. Abdul Hakeem Al Kohlani Y-FETP DIRECTOR aalkohlani@yahoo.com

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 3 Y-FETP Participates in Response to Resurgence of Cholera Epidemic in Yemen On 27 April 27, 2017, a second wave of governorates and 227 districts out of activities among vulnerable acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/ the total 333 districts with more than communities and caregivers to raise cholera outbreak began in several 200, 000 suspected cholera cases and their awareness on prevention of Yemeni governorates, which had over 1,400 fatalities. cholera seen a decrease in AWD/ cholera According to UNICEF’s Regional cases over the past few months. Director, Geert Cappelaere, following The current upsurge of cholera cases his visit to the war-torn country, FOR MORE INFORMATION is attributed to predominance of Y-FETP Participates in The response tomany risk factors including disruption cholera is spreading incredibly fast in Yemen and within a few weeks’ time Read the Newsletter of public hetalhtheandRWeASsHuserrvgicees nctehe onufmcbehr oof lcaesersacoeuldpiredaceh micSiunppleYmeentmen together with increasingly collapsing 250,000 to 300,000. basic services, population To contain the cholera outbreak in displacement of more than two- affected communities and prevent millions of the population, and the disease from spread to at risk inadequate sanitation conditions. communities, the Y-FETP is working Less than 45 per cent of all health under the leadership of the MoPHP facilities are fully functional and more and in coordination with partners than 8 million people lack access to (especially WHO and UNICEF) in safe drinking water and sanitation. responding to an upsurge in cholera Furthermore, the weather is also transmission through focusing on playing a role as the cholera early detection, improved case pathogens are more likely to spread management and targeted in warmer weather, and the recent prevention for districts with heavy rains have washed piles of confirmed cases. uncollected waste into water sources. The Y-FETP residents appointed by The situation is further aggravated by the MoPHP and WHO as cholera high prevalence of malnutrition and control coordinators to lead the severe food insecurity. response activities in the 10 districts On May 19, 2017, the MoPHP with highest caseload where they announced that the number of assess the cholera response activities cholera epidemic casualties to ensure timely investigation, surpassed the normal rates, adherence to standard case exceeding the capacity of the health definition, proper case management, system, which has become unable to effective infection control practice contain this unprecedented health and improve data management and and environmental disaster. By the information dissemination. end of June 2017, the number of Furthermore, Y-FETP supported the AWD/ suspected cholera cases has “Hot Districts” in micro-planning for increased dramatically and the the cholera outbreak response and outbreak expanded to 20 out of 22 contributed to health education

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 4 Y-FETP Third Cohort Residents Start Second Year Residency at Governorates, Programs, and Health Directorates After the Y-FETP 3rd cohort governorates and programs and 3. Research Methodology and completed their first year of directorates through: protocol writing residency at the central level addressing the MoPHP public health 1. Analyzing surveillance data To foster the capacities of the priorities through linking to the core at their governorates and residents and enable them to achieve surveillance and disease control programs recommending the aims of the 2nd year residency, the programs (e.g. National Malaria appropriate actions for Y-FETP technical staff organized Control Program, National HIV/AIDS improvement introductory meetings with the Program, National Tuberculosis 2. Evaluating surveillance residents where the aim of this Program, Acute Flaccid Paralysis systems recommending residency and its objectives were Surveillance Program, and Measles appropriate improvements explained. The technical staff will and Rubella Surveillance Program) 3. Conducting outbreak also conduct follow-up monthly whereYthe-yFapEpliTedPthei3r skrildls inCtheoirhort Reinvsesitdigaetionnst- s Sinctlaudrintg ThmeeeitringSs ewicthorensiddentsYineanerarby country’s public health system and cholera outbreaks- and governorates and programs and conducted many surveillance Placement at the Governorates and National Programsanalyses and evaluations and recommending actions for preventing recurrences communicate through phones and emails with residents at remote participated in several outbreak 4. Designing and implementing governorates. The residents will be investigations, the residents during planned studies that tackle visited at their governorates and this quarter have started their second the priority problems for programs to discuss with residents year of the residency. their governorates and and their mentors their progress and programs. solve any problems they are facing. During the second year, the residents will continue their training, while serving as epidemiologists in their governorates or the national programs and health directorates. Residents will also participate during the second year in three didactic workshops focusing on the following advanced topics: As the residents will come for the didactic trainings, this will be a good opportunity to present to their colleagues and the Y-FETP staff their They will be engaged in opportunities to provide direct service to the 1. Advance epidemiological methods 2. Advance Epi Info program work and achievements at governorates, programs and health directorates.

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 111111 Page 5 Y-FETP 3rd Cohort Residents Complete the First Year’s Third Placement One of the main tasks of the Y-FETP The aim is to support these programs All through this assignment, the residents is to provide direct service through improving quality of their residents were assisted up by the Y- to the MoPHP programs to surveillance data and developing FETP epidemiologist Dr. Mohamed strengthen the surveillance systems. automated databases that can be Alemad - who participated in the used for entering and analyzing EMPHNET Advanced Epi Info The 3rd cohort residents completed surveillance data. training-. Dr. Alemad guided them their 3rd “short” Program Placement during the different steps of database during January 1 to March 31 2017 at At the beginning of the placement development and helped solving any the following programs that have the residents conducted simple technical problems the residents "less established” surveillance analysis of the current surveillance faced. systems: Y-FETP 3rd Cohort Residents Complete their 3rd Programs’1. SARI Surveillance Program system used by these programs in order to reach a consensus with their The residents successfully completed designing nine automated databases 2. Leishmania Surveillance Program 3. Schistosomiasis and Worm mentors and the programs directors andSshtafof orntwPhaltaiscneeemdede. Tnhet residents found that these programs and shared it with program directors and staff who valued this great support by the Y-FETP. Control Program are lacking electronic surveillance 4. Dengue Surveillance Program systems and therefore, developing 5. Emergency Directorate electronic surveillance systems for 6. NCD Directorate these programs should help its 7. National Oncology Centre improvement. 8. Laboratory-based Surveillance Program To ensure sustainability, the 9. General Directorate of animal residents installed the Epi Info Research and Veterinary program at the programs’ computers Quarantine and trained the staff responsible for 10. School Health Program data on designing forms and data entry and analysis using Epi Info. Furthermore, they engaged the staff in different steps of the database designing and pilot testing to help in early detection of bugs and other potential flaws.

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 6 Y-FETP Conducts Meeting to Share Third Cohort Electronic Surveillance Database Projects As part of the commitment of the The meeting was attended by The meeting provided an excellent Y-FETP to strengthening health programs’ directors and mentors as opportunity to exchange experiences systems through improving the well as the Y-FETP director and staff. and discuss how such projects can be quality of the surveillance systems, sustained and could be taken the YY-FE-TFP EheTld Pa mCeeotinng dwuithctsDuaringMtheis emteeitningg, thteoproSgrhamas’re tadhvaence3d.rd Cohort programs’ directors and mentors to directors thanked the Y-FETP for the share the 3rd cohort electronic Surveillance Database Projectssurveillance database designing continuous support to the MoPHP programs through identifying gaps At the end of the meeting, the YFETP thanked the programs for projects that were successfully and helping to solve. The programs’ supporting the residents and completed during the 3rd placement, directors stated that they were trying renewed its commitment to continue January 1- March 31, 2017. to have such databases for their working with all MoPHP programs program until Y-FETP came in and and directorates to address the Each resident presented the rational, make this a reality. Some of the challenges they are facing. the methodology and the final directors mentioned that they have product of the electronic surveillance tried to get such support from the database development project partners or software developing firms he/she accomplished. but either they failed due to high expenses or the product was too complicated to be used by the staff.

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 111111 Page 7 Y-FETP Organizes Two Training Workshops on Biosafety and Biosecurity with Support from BEP and TEPHINET As part of the Biosecurity 3. Assessing the biological Different methods of instruction EngYag-eFmeEntTPrPograOm r(BgEPa) snupipzoret s TwoagTenrtsa, inlaibngproWceduorers,kshwoerepussed on Healthincluding: lectures, plenary for building in-country capacity, the hazards, and environmental discussions, group exercises and Y-FETP organized two training Security with Support from the BEP and TEPHINETworkshops on health security. conditions 4. Types of medical waste and presentations, and site visits to the High-Level Isolation Unit at the These workshops aimed to strengthen the core competences of the Y-FETP residents and graduates as well as the relevant staff from the MoPHP and Governorates Health Offices on biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management. The skills of the trainees will be used as resources for future health security dissemination and implementation. waste management 5. Basic concepts of cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, hand hygiene procedures 6. Use of key controls methods e.g. engineering, administration, and practices and procedures of personal protective equipments 7. Concepts of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity University of Science and Technology Hospital and the BSL-3 National Veterinary Laboratory. The trainings were held in Sana’a, April 1-5 and 22-26 and facilitated by senior academicians (Prof. Lutfi A.S. Al-Maktari and Prof. Dr. Saeed AlShaibani from Sana’a University, and Prof Ali Batarfi from Hadramout University) and senior staff from the During the training, the following key areas were covered: 1. Highly Infectious diseases and Nosocomial infections and how to prevent them 2. Importance of infection control 8. Biorisk management and the appropriate risk mitigation measures 9. Role of performance in biorisk management and its key elements 10. Safe collection, transport and shipment of specimen and Yemeni Biosecurity and Biosafety Association with participation of more than 60 trainees from Y-FETP, Governorates Disease Surveillance, National Central Public Health Laboratories, and infection Prevention and Control Units at the main public and private hospitals. safe patient transfer

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 111111 Page 8 Y-FETP Facilitates Public Health Empowerment ProgramBasic Field Epidemiology Implementation Workshop with Support from EMPHNET Recognizing the increasingly The participants were key Mohamed Alemad, Y-FETP complex health challenges facing the Y-FETP Facilitates the Public Health EmpowermentYemeni health system and its government officials and representatives of departments of epidemiologist spoke about the PHEP-BFE planning and functionPs, rEMoPgHNrEaT m(as /pBartaosf iitsc FhieeallthdwhEospe riodlesearme dirieoctllyolingkeyd Imimpplleememntaetionn stteapst.ion wider regional initiative) is working in to strengthening disease prevention In order to ensure that the PHEP-BFE Workshop Supported by EMPHNETpartnership with the Yemen MoPHP and control at the national and will be implemented in all Yemeni and partners to support governorate levels. governorates and districts and as the strengthening the health system The following topics were discussed: current insecurity situation hindered through establishing the Public Health Empowerment ProgramBasic Field Epidemiology (PHEPBFE). PHEP-BFE is a three-month, inservice training program where governorates’ and districts’ surveillance officers learn and practice the fundamental skills of surveillance and outbreak  Situational analysis and rationale  Proposed country PHEP-BFE curriculum  Importance of mentoring and field supervision  Governance and country ownership  Implementation plan participation of officials from Southern and Eastern governorates in this workshop, EMPHENT supported another implementation workshop that held at Aden on May 21, 2017. An important outcome of the two workshops was the consensus among the participants regarding the importance of implementing the investigation. After the opening, the Y-FETP PHEP-BFE training in Yemen to The Y-FETP facilitated the director DG of the Disease improve the surveillance system and implementation workshop that was Surveillance and Control Dr. outbreak investigation and response organized by the Disease Abdulhakem Al Kohalni briefed the especially at the governorate and Surveillance and Control General participants with objectives of the district levels. The workshop Directorate and EMPHNET. The workshop. advocated for strengthening workshop was held on April 9, 2017 in Dr. Ali Al -Mudhwahi, the EMPHNET collaboration and facilitating means Sana’a under the auspices of H.E. Public Health and Communication of effective communication among Minister of Public Health and Advisor, gave a brief presentation all officials involved in establishing Population Dr. Mohammed Salem about EMPHNET’s vision, mission this program in order to contribute to Bin Hafeez. and its activities to support the region decisions. in general and Yemen specifically in building epidemiological capacities. The Y-FETP Technical Advisor, Dr. Abdulwahed Al Serouri gave a description of the Y-FETP, explaining how PHEP-BFE fits into its four tier approach. He also briefed the participants about the objectives and methodology of the PHEP-BFE. Dr.

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 9 Y-FETP Facilitates Public Health Empowerment ProgramBasic Field Epidemiology Stakeholders’ Workshop with Support from EMPHNET In preparation for putting into The workshop aimed to: especially in manpower development operation the Public Health Y-FETP FacilitatesEmpowerment Program- Basic Field  thInveolvPe usbtakleihcoldHerseainlth Empowermentand building capacities. epidemiological Epidemiology (PHEP-BFE), the Program/Basic Field Epidemiology Stakeholders’ WorkshopY-FETP facilitated the PHEP-BFE Stakeholders’ Workshop that was Supported by EMPHNETorganized by the Disease Surveillance and Control General Directorate and EMPHNET. The workshop was held on April 12, 2017 in Sana’a under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Mohammed Salem implementing PHEP-BFE.  Develop an effective network that encourages collaboration whereby policy makers and international agency representatives enter into dialogue and discussion regarding the planned program The Y-FETP Technical Advisor, Dr. Abdulwahed Al Serouri gave a description of the Y-FETP, explaining how PHEP-BFE fits into its four tier approach. He briefed the participants on the objectives and methodology of the PHEP-BFE. Dr. Ali Assabri, Y-FETP and PHEP-BFE consultant, presented the PHEP-BFE curriculum. Bin Hafeez.  Offer a partnership Dr. Mohamed Alemad, a Y-FETP arrangement whereby epidemiologist, spoke about the The participants were the key different stakeholders are PHEP-BFE planning and Ministry staff: Undersecretary for able to share information and implementation steps. PHC, Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Civil Service, and directors of contribute to decisions. The workshop fostered discussion the key health departments whose After the opening, the Y-FETP and dialogue to obtain collective roles are directly linked to Director Dr. Abdulhakem Al Kohalni commitment and gain input strengthening disease prevention DG of the Disease Surveillance and regarding the implementation of the and control at the national level as Control General Directorate briefed program. It also promoted exchange well as representatives of various the participants on the objectives of of ideas and increased involvement in stakeholders, including the WHO, the workshop. Dr. Ali Al -Mudhwahi, the planning and implementation of UNICEF, and EU the EMPHNET Public Health and PHEP-BFE training and increased Communication Advisor, gave a brief national familiarity with the presentation about EMPHNET’s program’s purpose, content and vision, mission and its activities to approach- which all are important for support the region as well as Yemen the program’s sustainability.

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 10 Y-FETP Facilitates Public Health Empowerment ProgramBasic Field Epidemiology Mentors’ Training Workshop with Support from EMPHNET A key component of the Public Health Empowerment ProgramBasic Field Epidemiology (PHEPBFE), is the technical support of skilled mentors while the trainees apply new skills on the job. As a mentor will play a crucial role in the activities of the programs’ trainees, the Y-FETP facilitated a two-day workshop that was organized by the Disease Surveillance and Control General Directorate and EMPHNET and held on May 2-3, 2017 in Sana’a. Fifteen selected central and governorates Y-FETP graduates and public health specialists participated in the training. The workshop concentrated on mentoring and field supervision skills need to support the PHEP-BFE trainees and helped to familiarize the mentors with the packages that have been developed to train new PHEPBFE mentors. At the workshop, the components of the PHEP-BFE materials, including a detailed review of a sample lesson and field assignments, were reviewed. The workshop addressed both technical and management issues that are necessary for the success of the implementation including:  Responsibilities of the mentors in the PHEP-BFE program  Technical review of trainees’ field responsibilities, including outbreak investigation, surveillance activities, and seminar and conference presentations  Approaches to management of trainees’ time, common obstacles encountered in the field component of the program, and implementing public health recommendations. This workshop covered the following topics:  Introduction to PHEP-BFE  Overview of field work  Introduction to mentorship  Strategies of mentoring  Training on how to use the mentor’s package (such as the logbook and assessment materials) Different methods of instruction were employed including lectures, plenary discussions, group exercises, and presentations. Due to the current insecurity situation that hinders participation of mentors from Southern and Eastern governorates of the country in this workshop and in order to ensure that the program will be implemented in all Yemeni governorates and districts, another mentor workshop held in Aden on May 23-24, 2017. An important outcome of the two workshops was that the mentors understood that good mentoring is the cornerstone for the success of the PHEP-BFE. The participants became more familiar with the principal functions of a mentor: to advance the participant’s surveillance, outbreak response, communication and leadership and management skills. The mentor will also have responsibilities in technical review of participants’ activities and coaching.

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 111111 Page 11 Y-FETP Technical Advisor Visits Malaysian Epidemic Intelligence Program and Participates in the Eight Cohort Trainees’ Outbreak Presentations Workshop As part of the Y-FETP networking and During the workshop, the residents Medicine, National University of its strong belief on the importance of of the 8th EIP cohort presented six Malaysia (UKM) to give a experience exchange between outbreak investigations where they presentation titled “Writing Good different FETPs, the Y-FETP received invaluable comments and Scientific Article”. The presentation Technical Advisor took the feedback from the supervisors and was very attractive to the residents opportunity of being in Malaysia to experts of the Ministry of health. and highly valued by them. visit the Epidemic Intelligence During the workshop, a proposal for The Y-FETP Technical Advisor gave a YPro-gFraEm (TEIPP) whVeriesheitmset tthhe neewMaelvaaluyatsingianof EtpheidSeynmdroimcic Intperelselnigtateionnocn tehe YP-FrEToPganrdahomw Director of EIP Malaysia Dr. Wan Surveillance in Malaysia was it evolved through current andMansor Bin PHamazrathiacndipDr.aTtheilaksa inptrehseenteTd raandineexpeertss Oprouvidtebd reaachkievPemreentss. eHnetasthairoednsthe Chinnayah the EIP Coordinator. During the meeting, the experience Workshopcomments on how to improve and experience of the program in conduct such an important outbreak investigation especially for of Malaysia EIP and Y-FETP was evaluation. the ongoing cholera outbreak in discussed and ideas were exchanged. To equip the trainees with the Yemen. He also gave examples from The Y-FETP Technical Advisor also the residents’ projects on the necessary scientific writing skills, the participated in the 8th Cohort EIP EIP invited Prof. Mohd Rizal Abdul surveillance analysis and evaluation Trainees Outbreak Presentations Manaf from the Community as well as the planned studies and workshop held at the program during Medicine Department, Faculty of national, regional and international May 29- 31, 2017. conferences’ participations.

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 12 Y-FETP Launches Call for Applications to Join the Advance Fourth Y-FETP Cohort The deteriorated security and health situations in war-torn Yemen did not stop the Y-FETP from continuing to push forward. The Y-FETP proceed in planning for the Fourth Cohort as scheduled despite the debate regarding the security situations and its negative impact on the financial sustainability of the program. For example, the third cohort residents did not receive their stipends- that are necessary to meet their living expenses during the residency period especially for those who came from governorates- for the last six months. Such stipend supposed to be paid by the WHO according to the signed MoU between the MoPHP from one side and CD and WHO from other side. Therefore, the question was who will apply in such situations - especially from the governorates- who are the main target for the program. Nevertheless, the Y-FETP started advertising for the Fourth Cohort on May 14, 2017 where the announcement was sent to all Governorate Health Offices (GHOs) and displayed at the Ministry and at the programs. It was also posted on the Y-FETP website and Facebook. However, noting that at the time many GHOs were not fully operational, there were no electricity or faxes, and the Internet was nearly out across many parts of the country, it was difficult to communicate or properly advertise for the program. Furthermore, with the devastating cholera outbreak that hit 20 out of the 23 governorates, nearly all GHOs were under emergency situation and overwhelmed with the cholera outbreak response activities. Despite all these critical conditions, we received more than 30 applications which indicates the interest and how the program is wellreceived. However, these were mostly from the central MoPHP with only eight nominations out of 23 GHOs. In response to such challenges, we decided to delay the deadline for applications from June 14, to July 12, 2017. ‫إعلان حول فتح باب التقدم بطلبات الالتحاق بالدفعة‬ ‫الرابعة من البرنامج اليمني التدريبي للوبائيات‬ )Y-FETP( ‫الحقلية‬ ‫يعلن البرنامج اليمني التدريبي للوبائيات الحقلية‬ ‫بوزارة الصحة العامة والسكان وبالتعاون مع منظمة‬ )CDC( ‫الصحة العالمية ومركز مكافحة الأمراض‬ ‫بأطلنطا بأنه سيقوم باستقبال طلبات الالتحاق بالدفعة‬ ‫الرابعة من البرنامج وذلك لتوفير كوادر بشرية ذات‬ ‫كفاءة ومدربة تدريباً متقدماً لمدة عامين في مجال‬ .)Field Epidemiology( ‫الوبائيات الحقلية‬ ‫ولمزيد من التعرف على البرنامج يرجى زيارة موقع‬ http://www.yfetp.com/‫البرنامج على الانترنت‬ :‫وعلى أن تتوفر في المتقدم الشروط التالية‬ ‫ أن يكون موظفاً لدى وزارة الصحة‬.1 ‫الإدارة‬/‫ أن يحصل على ترشيح رسمي من البرنامج‬.2 ‫التي يعمل بها‬ ‫ أن يكون حاصلاً على مؤهل البكالوريوس في الطب‬.3 ‫البشري؛ أو شهادة عليا بعد البكالوريوس في أي من‬ ).‫ مختبرات الخ‬،‫العلوم الطبية الأخرى (صيدلة‬ ً‫) عاما‬35( ‫ ألا يكون قد تجاوز عمره‬.4 ً‫ أن يجيد اللغة الإنجليزية كتابةً وتحدثا‬.5 ‫ أن يكون ملماً بالمبادئ الأساسية للكمبيوتر‬.6 ‫واستخدام برامج مايكروسوفت‬ )‫ التفرغ التام خلال فترة الدراسة (عامين‬.7 ‫ التوقيع على تعهد بالعمل في اليمن لمدة أربع‬.8 ‫سنوات بعد التخرج من البرنامج‬ ‫علماً بأن المرشحين التي تنطبق عليهم الشروط سوف‬ ‫يحضرون في البداية دورة للفرز في مجال الوبائيات‬ ‫ كما‬،2017 ‫لمدة أسبوعين في شهر أغسطس‬ ‫سيخضعون لاختبار في اللغة الإنجليزية ومهارات‬ ‫ ومن ثم ستتم المفاضلة لاختيار عدد محدود‬،‫الكمبيوتر‬ ‫منهم ليلتحقوا بالبرنامج في وزارة الصحة لمدة عامين‬ .2017 ‫بدأ من أكتوبر‬ ‫يرجى ممن لديه الرغبة وتتوفر فيه الشروط المذكورة‬ ‫أعلاه سرعة التقدم بطلب الالتحاق إلى البرنامج في‬ ‫مقره الكائن بالمبنى التابع لوزارة الصحة العامة‬ ‫والسكان بشارع مازدا مع رسالة رسمية بالترشيح من‬ ‫الإدارة التي يعمل بها مرفق به السيرة الذاتية‬/‫البرنامج‬ :‫ أو على فاكس رقم‬،‫وصور معمدة من شهاداته‬ :‫ أو البريد الإليكتروني التالي‬،01230127 Y.FETP2011@yahoo.com ‫ وتقبلوا جزيل الشكر‬.‫م‬2017/6/14 ‫في موعد أقصاه‬ ‫ عبد الحكيم الكحلاني‬.‫د‬ ‫مدير البرنامج اليمني التدريبي للوبائيات الحقلية‬

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 13 Y-FETP Conducts Six Outbreak Investigations and Helps Rapid Containment Beside the three cholera outbreak While in the field, residents and MoPHP officials during the Y-FETP investigations (see the supplement), graduates took the primary actions biweekly resident’s meeting. the residents investigated three that helped rapid outbreak other Y-FETPoutbreaks during this qCuaortenr: duccotnstain?me?nt?s. Outbreak InvOeustbtreiagk aretpioortsninsEangnlisdh and Helps its Rapid Containment1. Adverse Events after Measles Residents and graduates also met Arabic were developed and shared at governorate and central levels Vaccination, Washa District, with relevant stakeholders at the and can be viewed at the Y-FETP Hajja Governorates 2. Chickenpox Outbreak in a local level where the preliminary findings were shared and website. Dar Al Hadeth School, recommendations on how to prevent FOR MORE INFORMATION Mabaar District, Thamar the further spread and recurrence of Visit the YFETP website at Governorate these outbreak were discussed. www.yfetp.com 3. Chickenpox Outbreak, Lohea District, Hodeida Governorate The teams presented the findings to their colleagues and the relevant

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YEMEN FETP NEWSLETTER | Issue 6- 2017 Page 14 Also read in the Newsletter Supplement: Y-FETP Response to Resurgence of Cholera Epidemic in Yemen

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