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Volume 23, Supplement—December 2017
Global Health Security Supplement

Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Programs as a Strategy to Improve Disease Surveillance and Response

A. McKenzie AndréComments to Author , Augusto Lopez, Samantha Perkins, Stephanie Lambert, Lesley Chace, Nestor Noudeke, Aissatou Fall, and Biagio Pedalino
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (A.M. André, A. Lopez, S. Perkins, S. Lambert, L. Chace, B. Pedalino); African Field Epidemiology Training Network, Kampala, Uganda (N. Noudeke, A. Fall)

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Table 1

Fieldwork requirements as part of FETP-Frontline workshops*

Fieldwork stage 1, weeks 2–6: participants must complete both activities and present their findings at workshop 2
Weekly surveillance report Complete a weekly surveillance summary report based on health facility reports
Record reporting timeliness and completeness; record key notifiable diseases
Create graphs and figures that describe data
Data quality report Examine the surveillance data collected in >3 different health facilities
Conduct interviews with health facility staff; review log books, case forms, and posted bulletin boards
Collect and review health facility weekly reports

Complete a worksheet that organizes the findings from their data quality audit
Fieldwork stage 2, weeks 7–11: participants must complete 2 of the 4 activities and present their findings at workshop 3
Case investigation report Conduct a case investigation and interview a case or contact, using country-specific procedures when available
Present details of the case investigation, including any public health action taken
Outbreak investigation report Assist in outbreak investigation and develop an outbreak investigation report
Maintain a rumor log book of suspected outbreaks
Present report and findings
Expanded surveillance summary report Continue creating weekly surveillance summary reports
Analyze data to identify trends and gain a comprehensive view of the surveillance system
Summarize the data and highlight trends or interesting characteristics at final workshop
Analysis of surveillance quality with recommendations Critically examine a weakness that has been identified in the surveillance system during FETP-Frontline fieldwork
Form a team with the surveillance personnel who are close to the issue in question; identify the critical causes of the problem
Create a suitable solution to the problem that will lead to a direct improvement of the surveillance system

*FETP, Field Epidemiology Training Program.

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