Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Program (FELTP)
- The Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) is the joint initiative of the NIH, MoNHSR&C and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) USA, aimed at strengthening the national capacity in disease surveillance and outbreak response. The Objective of FELTP is to strengthen the IHR core capacity of workforce for real time surveillance.
- The program was launched in 2006 on the request of GoP.
- The first cohort of 2 years FELTP course was inducted in 2007. Till date, 124 fellows have completed the FELTP course in 8 Cohorts while 95 fellows (9-11 Cohorts) are in process of completing their course. The fellows are Government Officials from provincial health department, federal instituions, veterinary departments, Pakistan Army and Navy.
- The FELTP has established Disease Surveillance and Response Units (DSRUs) in the Offices of Director General Health Services of all provinces, AJK, FATA and additional DSRUs in Karachi and Swat. Establishment of DSRU in Gilgit is in process.
- FELTP frontline course was launched in 2016. It is a short training course of 3 months duration. The training is designed for public health workers from all levels which are actively involved in surveillance work. Two frontline training courses have been completed while one are in process.