Alumni Spotlight: Meet Linda Esso Endalle, Cameroon FETP Graduate (2017), Sub-director for the Fight against Epidemics and Pandemics, Ministry of Public Health, Cameroon
By Tina Rezvani, Communications Manager, TEPHINET
Thank you for joining our Alumni Spotlight series to share the work of FETP graduates around the world! Congratulations on your recent appointment to sub-director for the Fight against Epidemics and Pandemics. Please tell us more about this initiative and your professional journey leading up to this point.
What are the biggest public health challenges in Cameroon?
The biggest challenges in public health in my country are adaptation of surveillance in regions facing insecurity, the management of cholera, measles and environmental polio epidemics, and the improvement of data quality in the health information system. We are also implementing Event Based Surveillance as community has a big role to play in early detection of diseases and events.
What is a typical work day like for you?
A typical work day: A briefing with the staff to organize the day. Follow-up on current projects. Meeting with other departments of the Ministry of Public Health and other ministries and partners.
What unique challenges will you face in your new role?
To ensure the quality of surveillance and response by the sub-department of the Fight against Epidemics and Pandemics, facing disease threats in the country and at the borders (Ebola, Lassa fever...) while taking into account the security context.
What skills did you gain during your FETP training that you find most valuable for your job?
Multitasking, prompt reaction, proactivity and team work, as well as adaptation to the field context.
What have you found most gratifying in your career?
To have contributed to the setting up of the national comity for maternal and perinatal deaths surveillance in my previous assignment.
In general, what advice would you give to recent FETP graduates?
To be committed in their training and internship and to continuously be hard workers, as Cameroon FETP fellows are recognized.
Linda is a member of TEPHIConnect. TEPHIConnect users can connect with her here.