December 2015

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Director's Message

Dear Colleagues, 

Dionisio photoIt is a great honor to write to you amidst an exciting period for TEPHINET with updates on recent and upcoming activities and events.

TEPHINET concludes 2015 with the highest amount of projects and funding in its history. We are working hard to restructure our Secretariat in Atlanta by incorporating new staff, diversifying our work areas, and increasing coordination with our partners and programs.

In 2015, we celebrated our 8th Global Conference in Mexico, a successful platform for knowledge sharing among programs and more than 400 participants from more than 50 countries. We also launched our accreditation process with FETPs in the U.K. and Canada. In addition, the TEPHINET Secretariat and FETP programs played an active role in the international Ebola response in Africa as part of the global community of public health workers. We remain active in support of the efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan, maintaining the TEPHINET website as a resource for information and networking, and supporting activities in Central and South America.

Across the network, our 63 programs continue to work cooperatively to improve and expand their activities. In collaboration with the CDC and WHO, TEPHINET has taken an active role in multiple initiatives including EIS International Night 2016, continuing FETP accreditation, and planning next year’s regional conference.

In the coming year, we expect continued growth in each of our activities, staying in close contact with programs directors and fellows and identifying additional projects for the network. We welcome 2016 as another period of active involvement of the FETP fellows and programs as part of the global effort toward health security and other public health challenges.

Thanks for all your hard work in 2015. We wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to continuing our work together in the next year. Please accept my thanks for your continued interest in—and support of—TEPHINET activities.

I hope you enjoy this edition of TEPHINews. 

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Best regards,
Dionisio Herrera, MD, PhD