Global Health Chronicles

Trunos Grison

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:00:47 - Summary of Ebola response work

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Partial Transcript: My name is Trunos Grison. I am from Zimbabwe.

Keywords: sample transport; specimen transport

Subjects: Riders for Health (Organization); Zimbabwe

00:03:43 - Early life to start of career with Riders for Health

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Partial Transcript: What was it like growing up in Zimbabwe?

Keywords: automotive; bikes; maintenance; mechanic; motorcycles; youth

Subjects: Chivi District (Zimbabwe); Harare (Zimbabwe); Zimbabwe; education; learning; school

00:09:00 - Sample transport projects with Riders for Health

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Partial Transcript: Then in 2010, we got engaged in a sample transport project

Keywords: Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI); HIV/AIDS; MSF; The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease; USAID; blood; child health; fleet management; maintenance; partners; partnerships; sample transport; screening; specimen transport

Subjects: Buhera District (Zimbabwe); HIV (Viruses); Lesotho; Médecins sans frontières (Association); Tuberculosis; United States. Agency for International Development

00:21:03 - Starting a sample transport system in Liberia, February 2015

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Partial Transcript: But with sample transport, finally, in 2015, this is the year when we came to Liberia as part of the Ebola response team.

Keywords: LIBR; Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW); funders; funding; infection prevention and control (IPC); laboratories; labs; mobile labs; money; peripheral health units (PHUs); road conditions; roads; rural; safety; training; travel; urban; weather

Subjects: CDC Foundation; ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa); Lesotho; Liberia; Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research; Madagascar; Zimbabwe

00:33:55 - Initial steps of setting up the sample transport system

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Partial Transcript: Coming back to the setting up process, we go through a certain kind of process when we do the set-up of sample transport.

Keywords: assessments; buy-in; community care centers (CCCs); county health teams (CHTs); couriers; feasibility; general community health volunteers (GCHVs); handoffs; hiring; hospitals; laboratories; labs; logistics; mapping; planning; rural; speed; standard operating procedures (SOPs); training; urban

00:41:13 - Training the couriers/Procuring the motorcycles

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Partial Transcript: After employing the couriers, we finally trained them, we trained them.

Keywords: Yamaha AG200; climate; driving; heat; infection prevention and control (IPC); personal protective equipment (PPE); riding gear; road conditions; roads; safety; training; weather

00:47:05 - Making the system flexible

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Partial Transcript: Like I said, we managed to set up the sample transport system based on that, and finally, we were the sole transporter, the sample transport, especially the Ebola specimens.

Keywords: adjustments; flexibility; logistics; rerouting; surveillance

00:51:28 - Staying vigilant in late 2015

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Partial Transcript: Why was there a period of heightened surveillance from August to December of 2015?

Keywords: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW); WHO; surveillance

Subjects: World Health Organization; monitoring; swabbing; swabs; tracking; vigilance

00:54:42 - The challenge of a reviving healthcare infrastructure

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Partial Transcript: Now, one challenge that faced Riders for Health is that since it was the only organization transporting specimens, the initial plan was that Riders would pick up specimens from a specific number of facilities, which was 302, in our case.

Keywords: Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR); clinics; communication; downsizing; employment; expansion; expectations; facilities; hospitals; jobs; laboratories; labs; logistics; peripheral health units (PHUs); resources; termination; tiredness

01:06:36 - Description of the couriers

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Partial Transcript: As a coordinator, I don’t know if you’re able to form meaningful relationships with the couriers to any extent, are you?

Keywords: A. Kollie; J. Sackie; J. Teah; Turnue; employment; hiring; human resources (HR); jobs; maintenance; planning; training

01:14:54 - Dealing with difficult situations

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Partial Transcript: Was there ever one time where one of your riders had to deal with a really difficult situation and managed it and maybe, I don’t know, does that make sense?

Keywords: Abu; climate; communication; maintenance; priority sample; rain; repair; triage; weather

01:18:20 - Working with CDC

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me about what it has been like working with CDC staff?

Keywords: Academic Consortium to Combat Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL); C. Dowie; D. Williams; G. Gwesa; Global Communities; J. Saindon; S. Friesen; WHO; church; crisis management; expertise; faith; human resources (HR); nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); partners; partnerships; religion; support; technical advice; technical advisor

Subjects: CHF International; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.); Maryland County (Liberia); World Health Organization

01:31:10 - Contemplating the future for Grison and Riders for Health

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Partial Transcript: Trunos, do you see yourself doing this work here in Liberia for the foreseeable future, or what are you thinking?

Keywords: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW); culture; funding; grants; handoffs; infrastructure; innovations; public health infrastructure; systems; technical advice; technical advisor; training; war; work ethic; youth

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