A PARTNERSHIP APPROACH

CARPHA's Role: Coordinating the CR-FELTP

CR-FELTP TeamBuilding capacity in the Caribbean

  • Developing and sharing the CR-FELTP curriculum content, materials and supplies for training courses
  • Providing oversight, financial and technical support for implementation of country programmes
  • Facilitating training and resource mobilization
  • Building  capacity among trainers and mentors of the CR-FELTP
  • Providing assistance to countries with the selection of trainees, trainers and mentors for the different levels of the programme
  • Developing operational, strategic and sustainability plans
  • Convening periodic meetings of key implementing partners for review and evaluation of programme activities
  • Managing programme monitoring and evaluation, financial and progress reports to funding agency
  • Engaging PAHO, CDC and University of West Indies as technical partners

Member Countries: Ministries of Health

Country Coordinators

  • Primary liaison with CARPHA
  • Assist Ministries of Health with selection of appropriate trainees, trainers and mentors for the different levels of the programme
  • Coordinate organization of in-country training courses
  • Manage selection and assignment of placement sites for trainees
  • Customize and ensure readiness of training materials, supplies and equipment for courses
  • Collaborate on the development of the CR-FELTP design and curriculum content
  • Facilitate in-country training sessions

FELTP IN CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES

In addition to the Country Coordinators, implementing countries will engage many partners within their own organizations. The goal of the CR-FELTP is to build country capacity for training and coaching as well as technical skills in field epidemiology and laboratory science. It is essential that the programme is "owned" by each implementing country, to sustain the FELTP into the future.

Mentors

In-country mentors play a key role in supervising trainees and their fieldwork projects.

  • Mentors supervise no more than 2 or 3 trainees at a time
  • Have a health background and substantial work experience
  • Have approval from the Ministry of Health and their supervisor be a mentor
  • Support their assigned trainee(s) in the identification and development of their competency projects
  • Provide supervision and guidance to their assigned trainees on the implementation and completion of their competency projects
  • Assist the In-Country Coordinator with the monitoring and evaluation of the performance and progress of their assigned trainees with respect to their competency projects
  • Participate in FELTP trainings and meetings of mentors

Trainers

Trainers are subject matter experts in one or more of the FELTP domains, who contribute to local capacity development by facilitating the delivery of face-to-face training.

  • Deliver selected training sessions in-country, and share expertise with Trainees
  • Assist the Country Coordinator in identifying and developing local resources (case studies and examples)

Trainees

Trainees are individuals who are currently working in local or regional public health organizations in the Caribbean. They will be selected to participate in the CR-FELTP by Country Coordinators and partners within the Ministries of Health, based on their potential to develop their personal skills and knowledge, and contribute to expanding the capacity of their organizations.

For Level I of the CR-FELTP, Trainees will be expected to commit to full participation at all face-to-face training events, and to delivering the required reports and presentations by the end of the programme (approximately 5 months for Level I). This will be undertaken while Trainees continue to work in their regular positions.

Successful graduates will join an emerging network of FELTP alumni in the Caribbean, and become part of a worldwide network of FE(L)TP graduates. Caribbean graduates will also be expected to 'give back' to the CR-FELTP as future trainers and mentors.

Level I Trainee candidates:

  • Have a health background and/or be working in public health
  • Be (or will be) part of the in-country response activities to acute health events, e.g. outbreaks or natural or man-made disasters
  • Be (or will be) involved in surveillance activities in their area of work
  • Be available to participate in ALL training courses and complete ALL required field work for the programme
  • Have basic computer skills, such as familiarity with basic hardware and software navigation
  • Have approval and support from the Ministry of Health and their Supervisor to participate in the programme
  • Not be retiring within the next three years

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