To give better understanding and equal perception on FETP-Intermediate program, FETP Secretariat organized training for facilitators and field advisors on 22 – 23 April 2019 in Surabaya. This training made as part of the earlier stage of FETP-Intermediate pilot project which started this year in East Java. The objectives of this training are to give facilitators and advisors better understanding on:
(i) FETP-Intermediate training curricula;
(ii) the training material and facilitators’ guidance;
(iii) the field work practical guidance.

The pilot project of FETP-Intermediate expected to fill the gap of the two earlier stages of FETP trainings and to fill the shortage of the field epidemiologists at the national level. To date, Indonesia has FETP-Advance program available at universities (as master degree). However, the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) 2017 considered that this condition was not suffice as FETP program should consist of three models of training: FETP-Frontline, FETP-Intermediate, and FETP-Advance. These models of FETP trainings have adopted globally and made to fill the gap of epidemiologists’ training in a health system at all levels. Another issue is that there is a shortage of 700 field epidemiologists in Indonesia, which would only be able to fill by FETP-Advance and FETP-Intermediate epidemiologists. In the future, the FETP-Intermediate program targeted to fill the training gap at the district and provincial level, whilst the FETP-Frontline program is intended for the local health office level.

At the end of the meeting, it is agreed that the training material will be divided into three parts; (i) the basic material; (ii) the core material; and (iii) the supporting material. Other than that, the total number of facilitators and field assistants also determined. There will be 14 facilitators in which 6 of them also assigned to coordinate each core materials, and 12 field assistants who will be assigned to work in 15 districts. The training will be started on 29 April - November 2019 in Public Health Training Center of Munarjati, Kampus Bendul Merisi Surabaya, and working site (district) of each participants.

This training attended by 14 facilitators and 12 field advisors from BBPK, BBLK, BBTKL, UPT, KKP, FETP Alumnus, students of Public Health faculty of UNAIR, District Health Offices, local hospitals, students of local universities and local School of Public Health in East Java and CDC Indonesia.