Fondation Pierre Fabre

The development of epidemiologic capacity among Ministry of Health staff

Main beneficiary country:
Sierra Leone

About the sponsor

eHealth Africa

Founded in 2009, eHA’s mission is to build stronger health systems through the design and implementation of data-driven solutions that respond to local needs and provide underserved communities with tools to lead healthier lives. Based in Africa, eHA achieves its mission through establishing new standards in health delivery and emergency response through the integration of information, technology, and operations.

eHA has country offices in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Germany and works across West Africa and are currently executing projects in many countries in the region, including Chad, Cameroon, DRC, Niger, and others. eHealth Africa has over 700 staff working across these offices and project offices. Leveraging an integrated approach as much as possible, eHA focuses on the following 5 areas:

  • Health Delivery Systems
  • Public Health Emergency Management Systems
  • Disease Surveillance Systems
  • Laboratory & Diagnostic Systems
  • Nutrition & Food Security Systems

Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: Nigeria

Contact the sponsor

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalent
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare

Stage of development:

Area where initiative is utilised

Initiative start date

  • 06/12/2016


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Donations

About the initiative

Effective disease detection, investigation, control, and prevention requires a public health workforce well-trained in the principles and practices of field epidemiology.

This solution supports the development of a specific skill-set which has been deemed underdeveloped among medical professionals in Sierra Leone.

Recognizing that effective disease detection, investigation, control and prevention requires a public health workforce well-trained in the principles and practice of field epidemiology, eHA, with support from Afinet, is conducting the Field Epidemiologists Training Program (FETP) throughout Sierra Leone. Through FETP eHA is helping to build epidemiologic capacity among Ministry of Health staff, allowing them to conduct effective surveillance, case investigation, outbreak investigation, and response. Workforce development and capacity building is critical to the sustainability of eHA’s projects. In order to ensure our tools’ continued use and effectiveness beyond the end of our involvement, local governments require a highly skilled healthcare labor force trained to maintain systems that improve health delivery in the long run, including tools developed and implemented by eHA. Therefore, in addition to FETP training, eHA conducts capacity-building workshops in courses that range from basic Excel to Linux administration and software development, and from basic data entry to advanced public health emergency management in each of our operating countries.

Fields of application:

Health professional training

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Improved treatment

Key figures

85 Number of beneficiaries since launch

Materials used

  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization