Assessment on Mongolian Field Epidemiology Training Programme
A multi-national team, consisting of three external FETP experts, two WHO staff and two epidemiologists in National Centre for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) carried out assessment on Mongolian Field Epidemiology Training Programme (MFETP) in Ulaanbaatar, from 28 May to 1 June 2012. The assessment was coordinated by WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.
The team conducted the assessment using a structured key informant interview. Key information was collected through interviews with programme director, Advisory Committee members, provincial health director, supervisors, graduates and trainees. Additional information was gathered from review of relevant documents and presentations provided by MFETP and its graduates
A fter the assessment, the assessment team concluded that the one-year programme provided the trainees with adequate experiential learning in achieving competencies in surveillance and response. The MFETP has increased the technical capacity in performing comprehensive analytical epidemiological studies in the country. Based on the programme achievements, the team felt that the MFETP has made a positive impact on Mongolian public health system. After the 3rd cohort, a critical mass of graduates will be available to serve as future supervisors
For long-term sustainability, the team recommended to develop a strategic plan linked with the national budget and human resource plan. Other health areas of work (e.g. noncommunicable diseases sector, injury sector, health regulatory agency) should be considered to provide opportunity for staff members to join the MFETP. Utilizing the graduates as supervisors is a good opportunity for them to share their experiences with the incoming trainees.