Global Health Chronicles

Negar Aliabadi

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:01:01 - Youth/Education through college

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

Keywords: books; education; family; history; parents; physicians; prejudice; race; reading; school; science

Subjects: Boston (Mass.); Brown University; France; French language; Iran; Switzerland

00:06:09 - Medical school and residency/Witnessing global health disparities

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Partial Transcript: I moved back to Boston and kind of randomly started working in HIV research because I just needed a job

Keywords: EIS; HIV/AIDS; Third World; US healthcare system; developing world; family; medicine; nanny; public health; residency

Subjects: AIDS (Disease)—Africa; Bellevue Hospital; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service; Gabon; India; New York; Nicaragua; Shīrāz (Iran)

00:13:18 - Epidemic Intelligence Service and getting recruited for CDC’s Ebola response in Guinea

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Partial Transcript: You come to EIS in—what year was it?

Keywords: B. Dahl; D. Hamilton; Division of Viral Diseases (DVD); EIS; J. Harris; L. Moorhouse; M. Kinzer; M. Nerlander; NCIRD; R. Narra; orientation; trainings; volunteering

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service; French language; Guinea; National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (U.S.); Rotaviruses

00:16:42 - Partners in Guinea/Early contact tracing

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Partial Transcript: What were the first few days like in Guinea?

Keywords: CRS; Ebola treatment units (ETUs); Jhpiego; MSF; Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene; S. Keita; WHO; capital; chiefs; communities; contact tracing; death; early days; emotion; home visits; infant death; local authorities; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); origins; resilience; witnessing

Subjects: Catholic Relief Services; Conakry (Guinea); Guinea; Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics; Médecins sans frontières (Association); Peace Corps (U.S.); Terre des hommes; World Health Organization

00:29:18 - Contact tracing/Negotiating the difference between doctor-patient and epidemiologist-patient relationships

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Partial Transcript: Was contact tracing something you’d had experience in before?

Keywords: WHO; contact tracing epidemiology; medicine; public health; rumors; suspicion; trust

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service; World Health Organization

00:32:55 - Health communications and building trust with communities

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned something also about when you’re doing this kind of outreach in communities and contact tracing about community resistance popping up

Keywords: anthropology; buy-in; chiefs; communications; communities; culture; danger; disinfectant; empathy; infection prevention and control (IPC); local authorities; messaging; personal protective equipment (PPE); protests; resistance; safety; trust

00:38:47 - Team dynamics/Where worked

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Partial Transcript: On that first deployment, when you’re with—you said those three other EIS officers, Rupa and the others

Keywords: J. Harris; R. Narra; teamwork

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

00:40:58 - Second deployment to Guinea, January 2014 – February 2015

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Partial Transcript: What were you doing in the second deployment?

Keywords: Jhpiego; Third World; Y. Hyjazi; assessments; behavior change; capacity building; clinics; deprivation; developing world; evaluations; hospitals; infection prevention and control (IPC); medical supplies; personal protective equipment (PPE); trainings

00:50:22 - Working in the Division of Viral Diseases/Desire to return to Guinea

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Partial Transcript: So at the end of your second deployment, you go to Zimbabwe, is that right?

Keywords: Division of Viral Diseases (DVD); crisis; poverty; public health infrastructure; resilience; vaccines

Subjects: Africa, Central; Africa, West; Anthropological studies in the eastern highlands of New Guinea; Guinea; Haiti; Zimbabwe

00:52:57 - Third and fourth deployments to Guinea, 2015

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Partial Transcript: Sorry, I took us in a bit of a digression in our timeline, but what did your third deployment focus on?

Keywords: Infection prevention and control (IPC); S. Keita; T. Frieden; WHO; capacity building; celebration; contact tracing; infant death; organization; progress; rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs); trust

Subjects: Frieden, Tom; Islam; World Health Organization

00:58:12 - Field Epidemiology Training Program graduates from Congo in Guinea

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned earlier also the Congolese FETP.

Keywords: D. Lufwa; DRC; J. Katomba; community interactions; field epidemiology; interviewing; interviews; questions

Subjects: Congo (Democratic Republic)