Dear Colleagues: We are approaching the year-end and with this comes a short break in a period of hard-work and many successes for TEPHINET. I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the TEPHINET Secretariat and the Advisory Board for all your accomplishments during this past calendar year and wish you the best in the New Year.
This year marked the 15th anniversary of TEPHINET and it has been a period of devoted work for the network, both in the implementation and development of the proposed projects as well as in the streamlining of our daily activities. Noteworthy is the work we are doing around the implementation of the accreditation process which will help improve the quality of our FETP programs.
The culmination of these activities has been the successful development of the Seventh TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference with the extraordinary support of our colleagues in the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) and the Ministry of Health of the
Hashemite Kindgom of Jordan. The conference, which was broadcasted online for the first time in the history of TEPHINET conferences, was attended by over 400 participants from 63 countries. During the conference, 120 trainees and graduates gave oral presentations about their public health work and 116 presented posters. The conference had an amazing closing ceremony involving four leading public health leaders: Dr. William H. Foege, former CDC Director, Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at Emory University and Senior Fellow of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Task Force for Global Health, Inc; Dr. Larry Brilliant, President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund and Senior Adviser; and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank.
Their words were encouraging and have inspired us to work fiercely in the New Year where we will have many challenges including the continuation of the accreditation process, diversification of projects, and the support of the regional conferences of 2013.
We are also excited to share with you that the Haiti, Laos, and Mozambique FETP programs have joined our network. TEPHINET now includes 57 programs from 84 countries. I think we have shown that we are a strong organization and this is undoubtedly because of your hard work and support. Once again, thank you for all that you have done this year and I wish you the best in 2013.