Our list of presentations, publications, and projects using Ebola 100 Project data continues to grow.

You can find here how we are using qualitative data from humanitarian and global health responders to advance science, global health, and humanitarian assistance worldwide. 

 

Publications and presentations

McLean, KE & Henderson, R. (July 2017). Dualities of ‘victim’ and ‘risk’: Perspectives from healthcare staff treating pregnant and laboring women during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The Ebola 100 Project. Presentation at the 2017 EASA Medical Anthropology Network’s Biennial Conference Network Meeting. Lisbon, Portugal.

Global Vaccine Logics: International ethnographic data exchange workshop of anthropologists involved in Ebola clinical trials. (Organizer). Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. 12-17 June, 2017.

McLean, KE. (March 2017). Humanitarian Experiences and Everyday Life during the West African Ebola Outbreak. The Ebola 100 Project.Presentation for the Yale MacMillan Center Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses. Yale University. New Haven, CT.

Graham, J., Abramowitz, S., Thiongane, O., Giles-Vernick, T. Enhancing detection and response for future interventions: building sustainable community-based capacity through experiences of mobile lab and clinical trial interventions. Refereed Poster presented at 3 separate scholarly conferences.  8th Ebola. 40 years after Yambuku. International Conference on Filovirus, Antwerp, Belgium. September 12-15, 2016; IWK Global Health Conference, Halifax, 17 January, 2017;  and Canadian Immunology Research Network AGM, Halifax, 25 May, 2017.

 

research grants

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Global Vaccine Logics.  (2016-2019)

The West African Ebola outbreak exposed the need to better understand the various factors that influence the acceptance of emergency interventions, and the importance of their alignment with the priorities of national governments and local communities in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Distrust and uncertainty about the safety of medicines and vaccines continues to challenge effective immunization and public health strategies. This translational research will explore two major Canadian contributions, the mobile lab response units and the successful Ebola vaccine effectiveness trial in Guinea. The interactions between diverse rationales and practices (logics) of global, national and local communities surrounding these critical events will be explored to develop an analytical decision-making framework that will aid future interventions.  Working collaboratively with the World Health Organization, national government officials, scientists and community health workers, this research will produce a framework to guide national decision-makers in the integration and evaluation of evidence from diverse knowledge holders. Clinical-scientists, health officials, governments, industry, international organizations, and citizens will utilize our framework to plan, select and implement health interventions that effectively engage local community health workers in disease detection, surveillance and future response. Grounded in the qualitative perspectives of anthropology, science studies, technology assessment and humanitarian practice and in conjunction with clinical science, this framework will feature the knowledge that reflects local context needs, regional priorities, and scientific capabilities and limitations. This study will help strengthen LMIC health systems by creating a universal integrated platform for research, emergency response training and preparedness for future disease outbreaks. Janice GRAHAM (PI) will oversee all aspects of the project. She is a medical anthropologist working on vaccine development and implementation in West Africa since 2006 and contributed to the WHO Global Vaccine Safety Blueprint,  and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the WHO Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea.

 

dissertation projects

 

other works in progress

Henderson, R. McLean, KE. When the patient comes third: The navigation of moral and practical dilemmas in the context of pregnancy and risk during the 2013-2015 Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. In Schwartz, D., Anoko J.N., and Abramowitz, S.A (Eds.). Pregnant in the time of Ebola—Women and their children in the 2013-2015 West African epidemic. Springer Press.

McLean, KE. Henderson, R. Embodiment and risk: Perspectives from healthcare staff treating pregnant and laboring women during the 2013-2015 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.