OLSEN, DENNIS

Files

2017.300.70 Dennis Olsen.pdf

Video

Date

2006-07-14

Description

Dennis Olsen was working for CDC when the opportunity arose to join the Smallpox Eradication Program in West Africa in Liberia as an Operations Officer. David speaks of arriving in Liberia and starting up the smallpox and measles vaccination effort there - even storing the vaccines in the freezers of a local fishing company or refrigerators of local Lebanese merchants. Dennis reflects on the politics of vaccination in the villages and with government officials, coping with a cholera outbreak, and a case of monkeypox. Dennis went on to have a 32-year career with CDC.

Citation

Drew, Diane (Interviewer); CDC; Nurse and Olsen, Dennis (Interviewee); CDC; Operations Officer, “OLSEN, DENNIS ,” The Global Health Chronicles, accessed February 24, 2020, https://globalhealthchronicles.org/items/show/3499.