FETP Secretariat Indonesia has organized a ten-days in-class intermediate training program at the UPT Latkesmas Munarjati, Kampus Bendul Merisi – a public training center in Surabaya, East Java. The training made to develop the competitiveness of Districts Surveillance Officers (DSO) in increasing the capacity to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to any potentially outbreak diseases.

This training designed based on the US-CDC FETP-Intermediate curriculum, adjusted with relevant Indonesia’s condition, and needs. The topic and material discussion chosen by the FETP Secretariat and presented by the local facilitator and FETP alumnus. As for the laboratory material presented by Health Laboratory Office of East Java Province.

The topics discussed during the training consist of: Basic Epidemiology, Epidemiology Descriptive, the size of occurrences and association in epidemiology, surveillance concept of public health, surveillance analysis, surveillance evaluation, and outbreak investigation. The tests and class work conducted using questions and issues specifically designed for descriptive epidemiology material, as for the Public Health Surveillance and Evaluation material designed by using case studies from US-CDC.  

After completing the training, the participants are expected to be able to conduct the prevention, early detection and response based on epidemiology data in their working areas. To this context, the participants are going to conduct a field work for one month, started 9 May 2019 to 19 June in their working areas. They are allowed to choose their own surveillance systems and topics based on the areas’ condition. The field assistants will assist them in completing their assignment three times during the first field work.

This activity was the first session out of a total of nine sessions, started from 29 April to 8 May 2019, and attended by 15 surveillance officers from 15 different districts in East Java.