For Tanzania to meet a WHO-specified target of one or more epidemiologists per 200,000 population  it will require an additional 250 epidemiologists who are well-trained and geographically distributed in all regions of the country.
To help address this gap, I-TECH, in collaboration with CDC and the Ministry of Health in Tanzania, launched a new Intermediate Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) for mid-level health professionals. The goal of the Intermediate Course is to build field epidemiology capacity at the district levels to address (re-) emerging public health threats, with a focus on improving HIV treatment and care programs. The course prepares trainees to analyze data from multiple sources to identify public health problems and operational questions, including problems with retention in HIV care. This 9-month course combines four in-class training (2 weeks each) interspersed with three field assignments at their work sites (8-12 weeks each). There will be four cohorts of trainees from 2016 to 2020, with approximately 12 trainees per cohort.
- Ijaz K, Kasowski E, Arthur RR, Angulo FJ, Dowell SF. International Health Regulations–What gets measured gets done. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012;18(7):1054-1057