This image depicts Iraqi Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP) graduate, Wisaam Altaai, as he was in the process of completing a health assessment visit at a displacement camp in Diyala, Iraq. Health teams from the Department of Public Health in Diyala, and the IFETP conducted health assessments at displacement camps in the region between June and December, 2014. In this view, you can see a young girl squatting next to a plastic basin, filled with what appeared to be cloudy water, as she was helping with the family’s chores, by cleaning a drinking glass.
Conducting these kinds of public health needs assessments, enable public health field workers to more precisely focus their efforts to bring a community in line with requisite public health standards, which in turn, provides a better quality of life, and life expectations to that community’s members. Such inquiries brings to light deficiencies in a community’s vaccination compliancy rate, and where it may fall short in providing its members adequate nutritional requirements.
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.
For more on the FETP, see the link below.