SAD DEMISE OF DR. DIONISIO HERRERA (Director TEPHINET from 2009-2018)
Always with a ready smile, and always willing to help, Dr. Herrera was warmly known to most of his colleagues, a friend first and a colleague second. His unaffected interest in people around gave him an almost enchanted ability to build networks and create opportunities with in more than a hundred countries regardless of ethos or topographical remoteness. The global innovativeness of field epidemiology training programs benefited from his leadership in TEPHINET, which he was able to do with affluence. Dr. Herrera facilitated TEPHINET to grow, but he also helped to progress and/or develop regional FETP networks in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Eastern Mediterranean. Public health systems globally are stronger because of his tireless efforts. The National Institute of Health and FELTP Pakistan pays a huge tribute to the legend. Our respects and tributes to the most friendly and active modifier of FETPs worldwide. His spirit and smile are still alive in FETPs that he cared and nurtured passionately.