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Field Epidemiology Training Course Level – II for Veterinary, Medical and Public Health Professionals

Dr Pooja Sharma, a participant, sharing her experience of the field visit. Text and Photo © FAO/Vidhu Kayastha

LALITPUR-Field Epidemiology Training Course Level – II for Veterinary, Medical and Public Health Professionals was jointly organized by Ministry of Livestock Development, Department of Livestock Services and UN FAO in Lalitpur with the support of USAID from 31 July-12 August 2016.  

The training was aimed at facilitating the trainees to recapitulate the basic knowledge in basic Epidemiology and get applied knowledge in field epidemiological applications focusing on effective animal disease surveillance and outbreak response through integrated inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary approaches.

The training was an initiative of Regional Support Unit for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (RSU-SAARC) which is a sub-regional unit under the framework of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP).  

Giving away the certificates of merits to the participants of training, Dr Keshav Prasad Premy, Director-General of the Department of the Livestock Services said that the training has provided opportunities to the participants to improve effectiveness and timeliness of disease detection and response at district, regional and national levels, including transboundary aspects.

Speaking in the closing session, Dr Khadak Singh Bisht, Assistant Coordinator of RSU said that the training course was designed to make the trainees able to conduct proper epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigations in their respective district leading to producing useful technical reports and publications.

Proposing the vote of thanks, Dr Baikuntha Parajuli, National Programmed Director of ECTAD expressed his satisfaction over the cooperation received from the trainers and trainers and trainees in ‘blended learning approach’ combining face to face training, work place training and on field real-time investigation.

16 professionals representing various units of the government veterinary, medical and public Health services spread over various districts of Nepal participated in the training.