Global Health Chronicles

Dr. Mohamed Vandi

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.

Keywords: leadership

Subjects: Kenema (Sierra Leone)

00:01:11 - Youth in Sierra Leone/Medical school in Russia

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

Keywords: education; sciences; surgery; weather

Subjects: Fourah Bay College; Kailahun District (Sierra Leone); Kazakhstan; Russian language; Soviet Union; University of Sierra Leone

00:06:35 - Practicing medicine in Sierra Leone during the war/Practicing in several districts

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Partial Transcript: What happened when you got back?

Keywords: public health; training; violence; war

Subjects: ECOMOG; Freetown (Sierra Leone); Sierra Leone--History--Civil War, 1991-2002

00:12:33 - Arrival in Kenema at the same time as Ebola

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Partial Transcript: I came to Kenema, and that’s where the story starts.

Keywords: A. Jambai; B. Dahn; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); S. Khan; chlorine; decontamination

Subjects: Ebola virus disease; Kailahun District (Sierra Leone); Kenema District (Sierra Leone); Lassa fever; Tulane University

00:15:56 - Dealing with limited resources

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Partial Transcript: Within that, I think the next question you asked is, how did you do it in Kenema that was different?

Keywords: funding; infection prevention and control (IPC); limited resources; money; payments; personal protective equipment (PPE); salaries

00:17:59 - Ebola transmission begins in Kenema

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Partial Transcript: The cases were coming from Kailahun.

Keywords: M. Masanza; S. Khan; burials; funerals; international response; migration; pregnancy; quarantine; rites; staff rotation; washing

Subjects: Kailahun (Sierra Leone); Kenema District (Sierra Leone); Lassa fever; Uganda

00:25:16 - Early struggles with Ebola in Kenema/Working with local authorities

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Partial Transcript: But before we get to Monica, why did Ebola stuff start getting serious?

Keywords: Ebola treatment units (ETUs); beds; chiefs; community trust; construction; district medical officers (DMOs); funding; health communications; limited resources; local authorities; messaging; politicians

00:32:03 - Building surveillance alongside Dr. Monica Masanza

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Partial Transcript: The surveillance of course, I mentioned Dr. Monica.

Keywords: A. Ramsay; District Health Management Team (DHMT); M. Masanza; P. Barboza; fieldwork; office work; politics; staff rotation

00:36:36 - Social mobilization in Kenema

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Partial Transcript: You have to have people who understand the community, and also the community engagement.

Keywords: burials; bush meat; community trust; funding; funerals; health communications; local authorities; messaging; outreach; rites; signs and symptoms; social mobilization; travel

00:40:21 - Establishing quarantines with help from within communities/Cases imported from Liberia, Kailahun, and Freetown

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Partial Transcript: We realized a lot of things here, like for example, when we started doing quarantine

Keywords: buy-in; community trust; funding; limited resources; migration; quarantine; social mobilization

Subjects: World Food Programme

00:44:17 - The transition to the Ebola response center system

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Partial Transcript: When it got outside of Kenema, the picture changed.

Keywords: District Ebola Response Centers (DERCs); National Ebola Response Center (NERC); control

00:45:27 - Working alongside CDC

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Partial Transcript: Can I ask, just because I am with CDC Museum, about working with CDC, your experience working with CDC, anybody you especially remember who came from there?

Keywords: CDC; equipment; fieldwork; laboratories

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

00:48:29 - The importance of coordination across international responders

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Partial Transcript: Was there anything else though that you wanted to describe about Ebola, about your experiences, before we end the interview?

Keywords: M. Masanza; collaboration; communication; politics; roles; teamwork

00:50:47 - What it felt like during the epidemic

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Partial Transcript: What is it like talking about it?

Keywords: A. Jambai; CDC; S. Khan; emotions

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

00:53:33 - Different Ebola response approaches in different districts

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Partial Transcript: What you were talking about, you did some things really differently, from what I saw

Keywords: M. Robson; community trust; coordination; quarantine; teamwork