Highlights from FETP International Night 2017: Improving Global Health Security through Field Epidemiology Training, Surveillance, and Outbreak Response

Each year, TEPHINET and the CDC co-sponsor FETP International Night during the CDC’s annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This event provides FETP trainees from around the world an opportunity to present their work in front of a global audience of public health practitioners. TEPHINET releases a call for abstracts and collects abstracts through its online platform for consideration for FETP International Night. This year, we received 307 abstracts; 21 were accepted for poster presentation and six for oral presentation. (View all 27 presented abstracts and author information in the program book.)

FETP International Night 2017 was held on the evenings of Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26, with poster presentations on the first night and oral presentations on the second. On Tuesday, Dr. David Sugerman, Acting Program Lead for the FETP Branch of the CDC, welcomed the audience and kicked off the 21 poster presentations. Presenters used interactive “iPoster” technology to create and present their posters. Their iPosters are available to view at this link. The poster presentations were moderated by Dr. Carl Reddy, Director of the South Africa Field Epidemiology Training Program and TEPHINET Advisory Board Chairman and Dr. Bao-ping Zhu, Resident Advisor to the Uganda Field Epidemiology Training Program.

The Jeff Koplan Award for Best Poster was given to Hamufare Mugauri from the Zimbabwe FETP for “Hospital Acquired Neonatal Sepsis Outbreak in an Intensive Care Unit, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Zimbabwe, 2016.”

Wednesday night featured six oral presentations co-moderated by Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, and Dr. David Ross, President and CEO of The Task Force for Global Health (TEPHINET’s parent organization). After a welcome from Dr. Anne Schuchat, Acting Director of the CDC, the audience received a surprise welcome from former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, who attended this year’s event after resigning from his position as director on January 20. Dr. Frieden’s remarks were followed by a welcome and introduction of the co-moderators from TEPHINET Director Dr. Dionisio Herrera.

The William H. Foege Award for Best Oral Presentation was given to Rajesh Sahu from India EIS for “Outbreak Investigation of Acute Diarrheal Disease during a Religious Festival Associated with Drinking Contaminated Pipeline Water, Radhakund, Uttar Pradesh, India – November 2016."

Aside from awards for the best poster and oral presentations, the winners of the FETP International Night Photo Contest were announced as well as the program receiving the Director’s Award for Excellence in Epidemiology and Public Health Response. The latter, which is presented in recognition of significant contributions toward successful responses to public health emergencies, is given to FE(L)TPs who have provided successful leadership in important public health responses while overcoming challenging circumstances. This year’s recipient of the Director’s Award was the Uganda Public Health Fellowship Program – Field Epidemiology Track.

The photo contest winners were as follows:

  • 1st place: Tambri Housen, Australia (View photo)
  • 2nd place: Nadougo Daniel Hanam, Chad (View photo)
  • 3rd place: Meru Sheel, Australia (View photo)
  • Facebook vote: Batoure Oumarou, Burkina Faso (View photo)

Click here to view all 84 finalist photos considered by the judges. 

TEPHINET would like to thank the CDC, CDC Foundation, and all of this year’s presenters and participants for making this year’s FETP International Nights a success. Those who were unable to attend can watch the archived videos from the event at this link. Photos from the event will be posted to the TEPHINET Facebook page when available.

SAVE THE DATE: The 67th annual EIS Conference will be held in Atlanta from April 16-19, 2018. We hope to see you there!