Enhancing Public Health Training in Africa

When: December 3, 2010, 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Where: The Carter Center (One Copenhill - 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307).

In September 2009, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs decided to partner with the Carter Center in order to transpose their Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative (EPHTI) into francophone countries of Africa. This decision was made official in a letter from Bernard Kouchner, French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, to President James E. Carter.

The Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative was launched in 1997 by the Carter Center in partnership with the Ethiopian government. It is a collaborative health care training program based on materials to train health students, who, in turn, train and manage community health workers. The materials are targeting health problems that are a major issue in most African countries such as malaria, HIV, etc.

The contribution of the first set of translated documents will be one of the topics at the Carter Center’s Board of Councilors meeting in December, which will be attended by President Jimmy Carter and French officials. In total, about ten modules will be translated and will concern in priority mother to child related sanitary issues such as “Maternal Nutrition”, “School Health” “Acute and Chronic Malnutrition in Children” and “Pneumonia in Under-Five Children”. Such translated modules will be at the disposal of the Carter Center for use in French speaking countries of Africa.

In translating these materials into French, the Ministry of Foreign and European Center and the Carter Center hope to contribute to improving the health of many inhabitants of Africa by enhancing the quality of pre-service training that health staff receives.