Involvement and readiness of fellows from Papua New Guinea’s Field Epidemiology Training Programme in the COVID-19 response, 2020–2021

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https://doi.org/10.5365/wpsar.2023.14.2.989

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COVID-19, Papua New Guinea, epidemiology, training programs, review

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Problem: Fellows of the Papua New Guinea Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP) were part of the national coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response. However, the specific activities and challenges experienced by fellows in the field were unknown.

Context: The advanced FETP cohort commenced just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and all fellows were involved in the response. The advanced fellows participating in this review represented a cross-section of the country’s public health workforce.

Action: A review was conducted to better understand the scope of activities undertaken by FETP fellows, identify the challenges experienced and assess how well the programme prepared fellows for their COVID-19 response roles. A facilitated discussion based on the World Health Organization COVID-19 intra-action review methodology and an online survey was conducted with advanced FETP fellows.

Outcome: The fellows made important contributions to the national COVID-19 response by assuming leadership positions at all levels of government, leading training activities and applying core field epidemiology competencies in surveillance and response activities. The programme had prepared them well for the response, giving them the confidence and skills to undertake a diverse range of response roles.

Discussion: The FETP review of the COVID-19 response in Papua New Guinea highlighted the role and influence of the fellows during the pandemic response. Fellows were able to apply core field epidemiology competencies across a range of roles. The recommendations derived from this review will be instructive for the FETP specifically and the COVID-19 response generally.

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24-06-2023

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Flint JA, Taylor J, Housen T, Ropa B, Smaghi B, Macfarlane-Berry L, Marsh C, Pukienei A, Bauri M, Durrheim DN. Involvement and readiness of fellows from Papua New Guinea’s Field Epidemiology Training Programme in the COVID-19 response, 2020–2021. Western Pac Surveill Response J [Internet]. 2023 Jun. 24 [cited 2024 Jul. 16];14(2):6. Available from: https://ojs.wpro.who.int/ojs/index.php/wpsar/article/view/989

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