FETPAFI turns 25!

Posted on Jul 31, 2021 by FETPAFI

(Est. November 13, 1995)

The core expertise of the Field Epidemiology Training Program Alumni Foundation, Inc. (FETPAFI) as a Research and Consultancy firm is building the capacity of health managers on disease management that could potentially impact populations. The fellows, members and alumni of the Foundation are the country’s leading field epidemiologists, and the prime movers in the advancement health sciences.

As stipulated in its Articles of Incorporation, FETPAFI was organized to:

  • Further the growth of the science of field epidemiology by providing support to the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) of the National Epidemiology Center (now the Epidemiology Bureau) of the Department of Health (DOH);
  • Develop manpower resources in the field of epidemiology and public health;
  • Facilitate epidemiologic research in the field of public health;
  • Support inter-agency linkages and institution-strengthening goals within the health sector; and
  • Foster fellowship, understanding and cooperation among FETP alumni and members of other epidemiologic societies.

Twenty-five years after its establishment, FETPAFI has progressed into an organization that has the capacity to manage grants and implement projects of various fields, in a wide range of settings.

FETPAFI currently has 120 field epidemiologist members, many working for the central and regional offices of the Department of Health, Local Government Units (LGUs) and different non-government institutions. Its Board of Trustees has 9 members, and the operations is managed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

The core staff is composed of a CEO, an administrative and membership officer, a project management officer, a finance officer and associate, and an administrative assistant who have been with the Foundation for at least ten years. They are well-versed in the inherent procedures and external operations of the organization. A Senior Operations Officer assists in the growing field activities of the Foundation.

In the past years, the Foundation has been able to secure and implement international and local projects, with grant funds ranging from USD10,000 to 857,000. The Foundation has received funding from various local and international partners, including the Department of Health and its regional offices, Department of Science and Technology and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, World Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development, CDC Foundation, the Global Fund and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. and Philippine Business for Social Progress, Research Triangle Institute, Philippines, EngenderHealth (Visayas Health), University of Glasgow, Duke University, Vital Strategies, ASEAN-GPP Canada and ASEAN Secretariat among others.

The Foundation was blessed from its first day when you decided to be part of it. You deserve all the appreciation. Happy Silver Anniversary!

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