Global Health Chronicles

Dr. Desmond Williams

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:00:00 - Introduction/Early life and medical education in Sierra Leone

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Partial Transcript: This is Sam Robson, here with Dr. Desmond Williams.

Keywords: CDC; COMAHS; class; colonialism; independence; patient care; politics; rural health; student unions

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.); College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (Freetown, Sierra Leone); Fourah Bay College; Freetown (Sierra Leone); Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; UNICEF; United Nations; University of Ibadan; University of Lagos; University of Sierra Leone; World Health Organization

00:07:37 - Turn to public health/Advanced degrees at the University of Cambridge

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Partial Transcript: Then I got a scholarship from the University of Cambridge to go and study and do epidemiology.

Keywords: United Kingdom; cultures; diabetes; doctorate; epidemiology; international travel; mentors; phd; training; weather; women's health

Subjects: England; Great Britain; University of Cambridge

00:14:17 - Diabetes work at US National Institutes of Health/Transition to CDC

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Partial Transcript: As part of that, I had to do a number of international presentations at meetings and stuff like that, and I met some folks from the NIH, the National Institutes of Health.

Keywords: NIH; Native Americans; V. Narayan; cdc; diabetes; doctor-patient relationships; evaluation; food; funding; kidney disease; medical research; nutrition; public health; studies; surveillance

Subjects: Arizona; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.); National Institutes of Health (U.S.)

00:24:14 - Work in Ghana

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Partial Transcript: In 2010, I noticed an email for a detail opportunity to be the acting country director for Ghana, because they were trying to set up a DGHA GAP country office in Ghana.

Keywords: country offices; emergency operations centers (EOCs); emergency response; global health; ministries of health; surveillance

Subjects: Africa, West; Ghana; Meningitis

00:28:21 - Getting involved in CDC's Ebola response in Sierra Leone

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Partial Transcript: What, Desmond, exactly, were you up to when you learned about Ebola?

Keywords: B. Knust; criminalization; daughter; deployments; families; family; fear; funerals; health communications; hysteria; parents; recruitment; staffing; stigmatization; training; transmission

Subjects: CDC Emergency Operations Center

00:40:39 - Traveling to Sierra Leone/The state of Sierra Leone and the international response to Ebola during first deployment

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Partial Transcript: When you finally get sent over, do you have specific duties?

Keywords: A. Garrow; British military; C. Keimbe; E. Koroma; J. Bangura; R. Bunnell; Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel; Western Area Surge; district surveillance officers (DSOs); emergency response; epidemiology; fear; health communications; languages; local authorities; local expertise; planning; strategizing

Subjects: Freetown (Sierra Leone); Koroma, Ernest Bai, 1953-; Western Area (Sierra Leone)