Global Health Chronicles

Charles Keimbe

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is Sam Robson. It is March 19th, 2017, and I’m at the EOC here in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and I have the privilege of speaking with Mr. Charles Keimbe here as part of our CDC Ebola Oral History Project.

Keywords: emergency operations centers (EOCs); pillars; surveillance

Subjects: Western Area (Sierra Leone)

00:00:58 - Youth and education in paramedical school

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me when and where you were born?

Keywords: age; gender; medicine; paramedical

Subjects: Bo (Sierra Leone : District); Kono (Sierra Leone : District); Sierra Leone

00:04:46 - History of public health work

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Partial Transcript: What did you do then?

Keywords: District Health Management Team (DHMT); HIV/AIDS; community health officers (CHOs); community outreach; district surveillance officers (DSOs); health communications; peripheral health units (PHUs); rural; speed; urban

Subjects: AIDS (Disease)--Africa; Moyamba (Sierra Leone); cholera

00:11:20 - The beginnings of Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Partial Transcript: Let’s go ahead and jump into Ebola. If it’s okay, maybe we can start at the beginning and just move forward from there.

Keywords: F. Lavalie; J. Charles; M. Kposowa; Public Health England (PHE); ambulances; case definitions; case investigation; district surveillance officers (DSOs); escape; health infrastructure; hiding; patient transport; personal protective equipment (PPE); safety; sample collection; sample transport; specimen transport

Subjects: Ebola virus disease; Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone

00:15:46 - Ebola comes to Freetown

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Partial Transcript: Then finally, we had our own case in Freetown. It was from Kissy Road.

Keywords: case investigation; holding centers; isolation units; nurses; patient transport; quarantines; trainings

Subjects: Freetown (Sierra Leone); Western Area (Sierra Leone)

00:19:53 - Turning the tide of the epidemic

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Partial Transcript: It was really hitting because we had an explosion of cases in some clinics, like we had the monkey bush, we had the one at Rokel at the Western Rural

Keywords: British military; D. Williams; National Ebola Response Center (NERC); Western Area Surge; active case finding; community outreach; health communications; meetings; recruitment; sensitization; staffing

00:23:42 - Illness and death among colleagues

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Partial Transcript: But, again, if I am to record some of my saddest moments, one of them was when another colleague, a CHO

Keywords: colleagues; community health officers (CHOs); district surveillance officers (DSOs); grief; grieving; quarantine; touch

00:31:09 - Inside ETUs

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Partial Transcript: In the very beginning, you were actually going into ETUs.

Keywords: Ebola treatment units (ETUs); Public Health England; case investigation forms (CIFs); donning and doffing; personal protective equipment (PPE)

00:33:55 - Some colleagues/The organization of the response

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Partial Transcript: Could you tell me a little bit about some of the colleagues here with whom you worked most closely?

Keywords: F. Lavalie; J. Bangura; J. Charles; M. Kposowa; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); National Ebola Response Center (NERC); colleagues; community health officers (CHOs); districts; epidemiologists; fieldwork; international response; isolation; partners; pillars; quarantine; rural; teamwork; viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs)

Subjects: Sierra Leone--History--Civil War, 1991-2002; Tulane University

00:44:31 - Working with CDC

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Partial Transcript: And how would you describe CDC’s role? What was it like working with CDC?

Keywords: CDC; D. Williams; Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP); Krio; emergency preparedness; funding; languages; partners; trainings

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)

00:47:52 - Issues with burials, communication with communities, and quarantine

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember any big debates that happened during the course of the epidemic about how to handle a certain thing from a public health standpoint?

Keywords: Burials; J. Bangura; community trust; escape; funerals; health communications; hiding; isolation; police; quarantine; rites; safe and dignified burials (SDB); security

00:58:18 - Organizing the response even further

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Partial Transcript: Could you tell me a bit about when things--I appreciated you talking about when things started to turn around, get organized, get a lot of resources.

Keywords: Magazine Wharf; Moa Wharf; Operation Northern Push; hiding; partners; poverty; signs; slums; symptoms

Subjects: Kambia (Sierra Leone : District); Port Loko (Sierra Leone)

01:02:47 - Post-Ebola response activities

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me about what happens after you’re able to eliminate Ebola here in Western [Area] districts and in the country?

Keywords: J. Redd; surveillance

Subjects: Atlanta (Ga.); Lassa fever