The Frontline ISAVET programme aims to strengthen the surveillance and epidemiology capacity of government ministries of agriculture. The programme promotes training veterinary field epidemiologists who are the first line of defense against diseases that affect animals and humans. Frontline veterinary field epidemiologists conduct effective and timely surveillance and outbreak response for endemic as well as emerging infectious diseases (EID) and transboundary animal diseases (TAD) under a One Health approach that includes public health, animal health and wildlife health agencies.
The Frontline ISAVET initiative in Africa follows 10 years of implementing a similar FAO training programme in Asia, which now has established training centers in Thailand, China and Indonesia. Furthermore, the ISAVET curriculum will provide frontline veterinarians with competencies and skills that are harmonized with the well-established Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP), an in-service training model used by public health agencies in at least 74 countries.
The Frontline ISAVET training curriculum and materials for the programme are based on core competencies and skills identified by an FAO technical working group of international partners. The programme includes classroom (25%) and field training (75%), in addition to field projects conducted by trainees with extensive monitoring and evaluation. The initial pilot implementation period is planned in 2018 in Uganda and Senegal with four additional trainings planned in 2019. The programme includes classroom (25%) and field training (75%), in addition to field projects conducted by trainees with extensive monitoring and evaluation. The initial pilot implementation period was conducted in 2018 in Uganda and Senegal with two additional trainings for trainers and mentors planned in 2019. For further information, please refer to the following documents:
- Frontline ISAVET Competency Domains
- FAO supported In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET) Programme Info Sheet