AFENET was established in 2005 and is a non-profit organization and networking alliance for Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FE(L)TPs in Africa. AFENET is dedicated to helping Ministries of Health (MOHs) in Africa to build strong, effective, sustainable programmes to improve public health systems on the African continent.
The AFENET Secretariat is located in Kampala, Uganda. To date, AFENET has 12 member programs in 22 African countries, which are: Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
AFENET works with MoHs and other public health institutions to strengthen their countries epidemiology workforce through Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) and Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPs). Through the Network, institutions, (FE(L)TPs) and African MoHs are able to share and exchange expertise and knowledge for training and respond to emergency public health issues. This is a key element that can be built into the APARET program, as fellows attached to one institution will easily benefit from linkages with other institutions within AFENET.
AFENET hosts the administrative and management structures of APARET are based at the AFENET office in Kampala, where the Programme Manager and Administrator are stationed. Through these, AFENET works closely with the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine to ensure smooth coordination of project activities.