Global Health Chronicles

Dr. Sophia Nur

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:00:37 - Returning from first deployment to Sierra Leone for CDC Ebola response

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Partial Transcript: I’m wondering if we can pick up with that, with the end of your first deployment, the transition back home.

Keywords: T. Frieden; headquarters and the field; health promotion; social support; stigma

Subjects: Christmas; Frieden, Tom

00:08:47 - Second deployment to Sierra Leone for Ebola

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Partial Transcript: I was truthfully hoping I’d be able to support the efforts both in response and recovery, but they were still dealing with some sporadic cases in-country, not necessarily linked to

Keywords: District Ebola Response Centers (DERCs); clusters; field epidemiology; health promotion

00:10:59 - Doing active case searches

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Partial Transcript: The way that it worked out was that for the western region, the western region was divided into, like, sub-counties, and with those there was a surveillance officer, a health person that was responsible for a certain number of sub-counties within the larger district.

Keywords: active case finding; call center; complacency; district surveillance officers (DSOs); fatigue; health communications; local partners; neighborhoods; sensitization; teamwork

00:17:42 - Learning about and addressing community fears of ambulances and healthcare facilities

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Partial Transcript: We found that there were still looming fears around healthcare facilities, looming fears around ambulances.

Keywords: Ebola treatment units (ETUs); IFRC; KAP studies; Sierra Leone Red Cross Society; WHO; ambulances; chlorine; cultural sensitivity; escape; fear; health communications; hiding; interviews; leadership; local authorities; patient transport; sensitization; social mobilization; stigmatization; trust

Subjects: UNICEF; World Health Organization

00:30:50 - Difficulties with dead body management/One difficult day

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Partial Transcript: The second deployment was really different because I was in the field almost every single day working with surveillance officers, responding to live alerts or death alerts.

Keywords: District Ebola Response Centers (DERCs); dead body management; district surveillance officers (DSOs); grief; meetings; payment; safe burials; strikes; teamwork; testing; tragedy; work conditions

00:39:12 - Building relationships with local colleagues

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Partial Transcript: But in the end, most of the work that I was able to do during that time, that was as close to seeing a direct impact as I think I’ve ever gotten in my public health career, and also just the relationships you build during that time.

Keywords: J. Langba; ambulances; cultural sensitivity; fear; friendship; health communications; humor; language and cultural facilitators (LCFs); morale; teamwork

Subjects: Peace Corps (U.S.)

00:44:59 - Gratitude from communities served

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Partial Transcript: I think at the end of the day people appreciated and respected that we were really there to help and take care of fellow community members in the best way that we could.

Keywords: ambulances; appreciation; district surveillance officers (DSOs)

00:49:58 - Flooding in Freetown, Fall 2015/Work now

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Partial Transcript: Yeah. And I left like the first or midway through the second week of September, just before the flood happened.

Keywords: Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP); Ebola-Affected Countries Office (EACO); capacity building; communication; headquarters and the field; health communications; storytelling

00:53:54 - Working with the district surveillance officers

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Partial Transcript: You emphasized the importance of the district surveillance officers and your work with them.

Keywords: Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); O. Sow; case investigation forms (CIFs); district surveillance officers (DSOs); local colleagues; partners; teamwork

00:59:24 - Reflections on work with CDC

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Partial Transcript: When you look back at your experience and you reflect on it, is there anything else that we haven’t talked about that you want to make sure that we have on the record?

Keywords: CDC; Global Disease Detection (GDD); surveillance

Subjects: CDC Emergency Operations Center; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)