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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control / Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program: 2nd Annual Scientific Conference
July 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm WAT
In a bid to create a platform for epidemiologists and public health physicians to share their scientific works with the larger public health audience, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) is organizing her 2nd annual scientific conference in Abuja 5th – 7th July 2017.
The Conference will be preceded by a pre-conference One Health (OH) meeting whose objective is to review all OH efforts in the country and plan on how best to coordinate the various efforts to ensure the OH goals are achieved. The theme of the conference is “Strengthening One Health through Field Epidemiology Training”.
The theme is borne out of the need to demonstrate utility of the OH approach beyond training. Institutionalization of one health in disease prevention and control efforts in the Ministries of Health and Agriculture will help in addressing important public health issues at the human-animal interface. These include (but not limited to), zoonotic infectious diseases, food safety and antimicrobial resistance. NFELTP residents, graduates and other public health experts will highlight findings from their applied epidemiology field activity projects which include outbreak investigation, surveillance, secondary data analysis and planned protocol-based studies. This will emphasize the applied nature of training towards using field epidemiology to solve pertinent public health issues.
Over 200 abstracts were submitted for this year’s conference from residents and graduates of the program as well as epidemiologists in NCDC, FMOH, FMARD and other government agencies. Fifty four (54) of these will be presented as oral presentations and 80 will be presented as poster presentations. The overall objectives of the conference are ; –
- Provide residents and graduates of the program a forum to share their findings from their field-based activities
- Provide a training opportunity for the trainees on scientific communication
- Provide an opportunity for epidemiological networking and partnership
- Forum to discuss pertinent public health issues