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Claudius John isfan
|Region(s)||Upper River Region|
|Assignment(s)||Municipal Development,Urban and Regional Planning,Public Health Education|
|From US state||Illinois|
|From US town/city||Chicagoland|
|Claudius isfan started in The_Gambia 2001|
|Region: Upper River Region|
|Health in The_Gambia:|
|Claudius Isfan, Maureen Magee, Kirsten Unfried|
|Other Volunteers who served in The_Gambia
|Christopher Bradley, Chris Bradley, Jacob Dyer, Claudius Isfan, Karen Jackson, Maureen Magee, Mike Sheppard, Mano Sonko, Kirsten Unfried, Suzanne Zanelli, Jeff Ziarnik|
|Projects in The_Gambia
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DESCRIPTION OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SERVICE
Name: Claudius J. Isfan
Brief synopsis of service: After a competitive application process stressing applicant skills, adaptability and cross-cultural sensitivity, Claudius J. Isfan began his U.S. Peace Corps training on July 9, 2001 in a community based program and completed the 10 week training program. The program included 52 hours of technical training, 64 hours of trainee directed activities, 142 hours of Fula language class, 20 hours of culture training, 34 hours of personal health, 8 hours of safety and 6 hours of administration (hours represent scheduled activities). The rest of the time in training was spent in a village environment, which presented the trainee with many opportunities to learn about the language and culture. Mr. Isfan was sworn in as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer on September 13, 2001. He served as a Health Degreed worker under The Gambia’s Department of State for Health. Mr. Isfan was assigned to Basse, a busy town in the eastern region of the country, where he lived for 27 months of his service. At this posting, his primary responsibilities were to coordinate an Integrated Disease Surveillance System designed for decision making for public health action through data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination.
Mr. Isfan’s primary responsibility was to coordinate with his counterpart the Divisional Health Office’s Integrated Disease Surveillance System, detecting and responding to 21 priority diseases, established by the Department of State for Health and Social Welfare, The Gambia.
Mr. Isfan’s role in the development of short and long-term goals for the department’s health care services, particularly the development of village health services was immensely appreciated by the Department of State. Through his report writing on the progress and problems, stating the objectives, setting targets, reviewing activities setting an achievable time frame for future programs and evaluating current methods used to support the Village Health Services, Mr. Isfan changed the character of the Divisional Health Office. Furthermore, in collaboration with other health units, including Mental Health, National Nutritional Agency, National AIDS Secretary’s Office and National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Unit within the Department of State for Health. Mr. Isfan organized the promotion of good health practices through activities that were conducted in 69 villages, reaching more than 20,000 children under the age of five years, 6,000 women of child bearing age and about 2,500 village elders and men who are very influential within their villages.
In addition to his primary project Mr. Isfan, contributed to the Gambia’s health development by training 30 Community Health Nurses, 12 Public Health Officers and 13 health staff members within the Upper and Central River Regions on the aspects of proper record keeping, sterilization techniques, proper cold chain management and quality health care management of patients. He also conducted series of Train the Trainers workshops on the topics of STI’s and HIV/AIDS to more than 400 healthcare personnel which included but not limited to village health workers, community health nurses, etc..
Mr. Isfan was highly admired by the DHO for his intuitive response to the problems experienced at the DHO and eight other government institutions. He revamped and strengthened the Information and Technology (IT) within each department and established a drug tracking system for six major and minor health facilities and 12 key primary health care villages within the region to monitor and evaluate the state of the health care services within the Upper River Region, and to plan and implement changes in the existing structures.
Mr. Isfan trained 10 mid-aged professionals on the use of computers, provided tutoring sessions for 12 students of various ages at the local primary and secondary schools and lastly, implemented a reference library at the Divisional Health Office focused on health - related problems currently being experienced throughout the Upper River Region of the country.
Pursuant to section 5(f) of the Peace Corps Act, 22 USC 2504(f) as amended, any former Volunteer employed by the United States Government following his/her Peace Corps service credited for purposes of retirement, seniority, reduction in force, leave and other privileges based on length of Government service. That service shall not be credited toward completion of the probationary or trial period of any service requirement for career appointment.
This is to certify in accordance with Executive Order No. 11103 of April 10, 1963, that served satisfactorily as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His service ended September 15, 2003. He is therefore eligible to be appointed as a career-conditional employee in the competitive civil service on a non-competitive basis. This benefit under the Executive Order extends for a period of one year after termination of Volunteer service, except that the employing agency may extend the period for up to three years for a former Volunteer who enters military service, pursues studies at a recognized institution of higher learning, or engages in other activities that, in the view of the appointing agency, warrant extension of the period.