To obtain and formulate recommendations in increasing the epidemiologists’ capacity in Indonesia, ALERTAsia Foundation supported FETP Secretariat Indonesia in organizing Stakeholder meeting on 22 – 23 August 2019 in Bali.

The event organized to put stakeholder together and formulate strategies and recommendations for the capacity building programs for epidemiologists in Indonesia, particularly FETP and other forms of training. In a wider sense, the meeting was organized as the first step to support the implementation of International Health Regulation (IHR 2005) which has been ratified and enacted through the Presidential Instruction No. 4/2019 on the capability in preventing, detecting, and responding to the epidemic diseases, global pandemic, and nuclear, biology and chemistry emergencies. The instruction has mandated the Ministry of Health to increase the capacity of health surveillance in the above-said areas of expertise at the district, provincial, and national level. In practical, the mandate will be implemented in a form of capacity building programs which further will be conducted through education and training at all levels, starting from the district, provincial to the national level.

At the end of the meeting, the stakeholders agreed to take several possible next course of actions, as follows:
  • To formulate the strategic plan in increasing epidemiologists capacity for 2020 – 2024;
  • To formulate of the capacity building plan for epidemiologists through FETP Intermediate and Frontline Training.

The stakeholder meeting attended by participants from FETP coordinators from universities, Ciloto Health Training Center, Board for Development and Empowerment Human Health Resources (PPSDM), members of PAEI, PAELI, FETP Secretariat, and Provincial Health Offices, as well as representatives from Surveillance Sub-Directorate of Ministry of Health, FAO, WHO, USAID, and CDC-Indonesia.