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Aggie Flip Flops Still Going Strong: Building Epidemiology Capacity in Zambia

Sophia Anyatonwu '13 December 8, 2018 12:45 PM updated: December 8, 2018 1:48 PM

Who would have thought that the flip flops I received my freshman year of college would last 9 years?! Certainly not me. However, these flip flops have even come with me on my recent journey to southern Africa.

I have been working as an epidemiologist at the local and state-level in central Texas since graduating from the UNT Health Science Center with my Masters in Public Health in 2015. In September 2018, I started a new position working as a Global Epidemiology Fellow through the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. Something that I truly value about this fellowship is the opportunity to support efforts aimed at building epidemiology capacity in Zambia. My time is split between the CDC Zambia office, Zambia National Public Health Institute headquarters, and various training venues. I enjoy being able to provide technical assistance to our Frontline Residents (enrolled in our 3-month training program) and Advanced Residents (enrolled in our 2-year Masters in Public Health program) that are passionate about strengthening their outbreak investigation and epidemiological research skills through Zambia's Field Epidemiology Training Program. 

Although my flip flops don't usually come with me to work, I wear them when I run errands and go on casual walks. I also make sure to pack them for any mini-vacations I am able to go on for a day or two!

Click the links below to learn more about my recent experiences:

African Field Epidemiology Network: My Experience Attending the 2018 AFENET Conference in Maputo, Mozambique

International Infection Prevention Week

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