Nigeria graduates 3rd cohort of US sponsored E-Health expert

Nigeria graduates 3rd cohort of US sponsored E-Health expert

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No fewer than seven Nigerians graduated from the third cohort US supported E-Health fellowship programme.

The programme, Growing Expertise in E-Health Knowledge and Skills (GEEKS) is a capacity-building program funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and implemented by the Africa Field Epidemiology Network and the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. The cohort included seven fellows from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Since inception, over 50 Nigerians have been trained on data management, triangulation, interpretation, communication, and research writing.

According to a statement by the US Embassy, two different dashboards were developed in the just completed third cohort.
The statement reads in part: “During the program, fellows, with oversight from ten mentors, developed a Data Analysis and Visualization Tool for Nigeria’s District Health Information Software 2 dashboard to show linkages between adverse events following immunization (AEFI) and immunizations received to help facilitate the fast-tracking of responses to any adverse events following immunization.
“The fellows also developed a routine immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) dashboard for Nigeria’s Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System to link immunization coverage with outbreaks. Both dashboards will help inform and improve Nigeria’s public health programming and response efforts.”

Recruitment is already on for the fourth cohort for government staff from NPHCDA, NAFDAC, NCDC, and the Federal Ministry of Health. The training and mentorship sessions will take place from May 2023 to April 2024 and will focus on building the capacity of subnational-level government staff.

The GEEKS fellowship the statement further stated, “reinforces the U.S. government’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s federal and states ministries of health in the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease response efforts and programs that contribute to a strengthened public health infrastructure.”

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