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Trainees of the 12th Cohort of Leadership in Strategic Information Graduated

The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) jointly with the University of Mekele graduated 20 health professionals trained in Leadership in Strategic Information (LSI) on August 16, 2014 in Mekele town.

Trainees of the 12 cohort, who were recruited from hospitals, the Tigray Regional Bureau and zonal offices, were trained for six months.

During the graduation ceremony, which was held in Axum hotel, trainees presented and defended their research findings in three concurrent sessions.
Welcoming graduates and invited guests of the ceremony, Ato Teklay, representative of Tigray Regional Health Bureau, accentuated on the significance of the training in strengthening the research capacity of the region.

 In his keynote address, Dr Filimona Bisrat, President of EPHA, noted that the training is unique in that it targets health professionals with a first degree. This, he said, can be a half way motivation inspiring themto pursue their Post graduate studies.

Dr Filimona also stated his concern over the issue of data quality that may pose difficulty to the development of research at the national level unless efforts are made at all levels by professionals in the health sector.

Dr Filimona finally urged the graduates to translate the skill and knowledge they have acquired from the course into their practical duties and extend their modest contribution in the national efforts geared towards enhancing human resource development in the health sector.

Of the 23 health professionals recruited and enrolled into this cohort, 20 (87%)of them have successfully completed the course studying the full package of the training; including the three succeeding modules along with undertaking specific research projects with the use of secondary data on HIV /AIDS and related topics.

At the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, certificates were handed over to the graduates by DrFilimona and AtoTeklay. Seven of the trainees were females.

EPHA has been providing leadership in strategic information training since November 2006 with the aim to develop capacities of the public health sector in using strategic information to improve skills towards need assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluations of the full range of interventions and activities to combat the HIV AIDS epidemic and other public health problems at the sub-national level.

More than 200 health professionals drawn from various regions and health sector organizations have been trained and graduated from the LSI program since the program was launched in 2006.

This cohort of the LSI training has been provided by the Ethiopian Public Health Association in collaboration with the Mekele Universityand with the financial support from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

EPHA Formed Training and Research Advisory Group (TRAG)

Chaired by Dr Filimona Bisirat, president of EPHA, the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) formed a Training and Research Advisory Group (TRAG) that consist of 14 resource persons having extensive and practical experience in undertaking researches and managing training programs.

The formation of the Training and Research Advisory Group of EPHA took place on June 6, 2014 where Ato Tesfa Demilew, the Research Training and Publication Director of EPHA, presented the existing status and future directions of the EPHA’s Training and Research Functions, and the steps taken in establishing the TRAG, as a sort of back ground.

Accordingly, a thorough deliberation was followed by the group members on a range of issues including but not limited to the concurrence between the EPHA’s TRAG plan and the FMoH’s current initiative of institutionalizing all research and training activities, the existing capacity of EPHA to serve as a research and training center of excellence, the research thematic areas and the existing internal capacity of EPHA to undertake the growing research and training demands.

During the formation, it was stated that EPHA has human resource potential - wide, enthusiastic and experienced membership that can be mobilized and engaged in research and training activities in collaboration with other partners. It is potentially one of the leading public health Institutions to serve as a center of excellence in public health related research and training.

Additionally, it was mentioned that the current FMoH’s Continuing Professional Development program has identified EPHA to act as both in-service training accreditor and provider, a huge potential for building the capacity of EPHA and its members.

On the same day, Prof. Mesganaw Fantahun was elected Chairperson of the TRAG; Dr Abraham Assefa and Dr Geremew Tarekegn as Co-chair for the research and the training wing respectively; and the RTP Directorate as Secretary of the TRAG.

EPHA has been giving long and short term training on leased facilities which are inconvenient, expensive, and have no residual capacity building effect. The RTF is intended to provide and facilitate short, medium & long term training, facilitate conferences, workshops and meetings, and serve as center of excellence in health related researches. The structural facility of the TRF will be in the new EPHA building, Ato Shoandange Belete, research coordinator at EPHA stated. He also notified that EPHA had attempted to undertake business plan preparations through consultants but the technical proposals were evaluated as unsatisfactory, and presented the issue to the TRAG for further direction on how to proceed.


EPHA Partakes at the Continental Health Conference Organized by US Doctors for Africa and People to People in AU

The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) entrusted twenty-five of its members to the continental conference held in the African Union Conference Center from May 21-23, 2014 where delegates represented by EPHA reflected professional and scientific views in response to the 21st century health challenges of the continent of Arica.

Officially opened by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Dr Mulatu Teshome and the Secretary General of African Union, the conference deliberated on major public health agendas of the continent dealing towards mobilizing efforts for the health sector development of Africa through triangulation among government, Diaspora and non-governmental organizations.

Such a triangulation effort was caused by the main reason to tackle emerging and traditional public health problems in Africa those including infectious disease, non-communicable diseases maternal and child health issues.

To result in successful health sector development, African governments are responsible to enable the environment attractive for public health investment and the Diaspora group and non-governmental organizations are expected to support governments initiative in order to reduce over expectation and unnecessary burden on governments.

It was said that African natives Diaspora in Europe and North America are surprisingly large in number and are engaged in different professional services. These people are equipped with special skill that can benefit their continent; hence it was underscored that it is a high time to pool these rich resource to respond to African health problems.

Special health care service for the African people in the form of Tele -medicine, mobile clinic and skill transfer were suggested to be initiated as the most practical methods in saving the lives of the poor African people.

Lastly US Doctors for Africa, People to People and different delegates represented from various organizations came together and formed a Pan African Health Care Association which is responsible to improve the well-being of the people of the continent.

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