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Table 2 Demographic characteristics of FETP-Frontline Guinea graduates interviewed (Cohorts 1 and 2)

From: Evaluation of the first two Frontline cohorts of the field epidemiology training program in Guinea, West Africa

Characteristics Cohort 1, N = 24
n (%)
Cohort 2, N = 26
n (%)
Combined, N = 50 n (%)
Sex    
 Female 6 (25%) 4 (15%) 10 (20%)
 Male 18 (75%) 22 (85%) 40 (80%)
Age in years    
 Mean 53 (NA) 44 (NA)) 48 (NA)
  Mean SD 8 (NA) 12 (NA) 11 (NA)
 Median 52 (NA) 44 (NA) 50 (NA)
  Median Range 32–62 (NA) 28–65 (NA) 28–65 (NA)
Profession    
 Health Agent 3 (13%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%)
 Epidemiologist 2 (8%) 1 (4%) 3 (6%)
 Nurse 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%)
 Physician 11 (46%) 23 (88%) 34 (68%)
 Public Health Specialista 4 (17%) 2 (8%) 6 (12%)
 Did not report 3 (13%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%)
Job title    
 Deputy district head of disease surveillance and control 1 (4%) 10 (38%) 11 (22%)
 Other 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 3 (6%)
 Director of planning 3 (13%) 2 (8%) 5 (10%)
 District head of disease surveillance and control 18 (75%) 12 (46%) 30 (60%)
 Did not report 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%)
Years at current position    
 < 5 10 (42%) 17 (65%) 27 (54%)
 5–10 5 (21%) 7 (27%) 12 (24%)
 > 10 9 (38%) 2 (8%) 11 (22%)
  1. N, total number; SD, standard deviation; NA , Not Applicable, in cases where it was not appropriate to calculate a percentage value for the data
  2. aThe “public health specialist” position is translated from technician supérieur de santé publique, which is a standardized position for nurses who have received additional training in public health, surveillance and epidemiology. In Guinea, the majority of public health functions are carried out by clinical professionals, such as doctors or nurses, in part reflecting the relative lack of separate public health career tracks and training within the educational system