Epidemiology and Surveillance Training

Principal Investigator(s):

Focus Area: Risk Prevention & Risk Response

Project Title: Epidemiology and Surveillance Training | Pakistan

Status: Complete (2016)

Overview: IIAD, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State (DoS) and CRDF Global, conducted a training program with 13 field veterinary medical officers, epidemiologists, academicians, and diagnosticians from diagnostic laboratories across Pakistan during August of 2016. The customized 2-week training program was delivered via face to face workshops. Training program objectives were: (1) to strengthen participant knowledge and skills in the following areas: surveillance standards and guidelines, sampling methods, analyzing surveillance data, and morbidity measures and basic statistics in epidemiology. (2) to build capacity for trainees to develop and implement surveillance plans and disease control strategies.

Project Duration: n/a

IIAD Project Team: n/a

Outcomes, Solutions, & Impact:

  • The workshop increased participant knowledge of laboratory management.¬†Trainees demonstrated a 41.1% increase in knowledge of key epidemiology topics at 6-month follow-up versus the course pre-test.
  • Participants are implementing their knowledge and skills to improve workplace operations.¬†7% of participants indicated that they use information from the workshop frequently or every day. In addition, all trainees surveyed indicated that their participation in the workshop led to improvements in workplace operations.
  • Participants are developing and implementing surveillance plans and disease control strategies.¬†3 trainees have implemented surveillance plans and 4 trainees have developed disease control strategies.
  • The training has contributed to increased disease awareness and laboratory capacity in Pakistan.3% of trainees indicated that disease awareness in Pakistan has increased, while 66.7% of the trainees indicated that the workshop has improved capabilities and capacities in national and provincial laboratories.