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EBOLA: Six Weeks in West Africa-- Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, and the Threatening Pandemic by Joel Adelson, MD, PhD, MPH & Farrah Kashfipour, RN, MSN

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Monday, January 12, 2015 12:00 PM Calit2 Auditorium OCW Video Archive
Seminar Abstract

Ebola has been called the worst global public health crisis in modern times; the first deadly virus to completely escape local control in the molecular age. At present, control is completely dependent on classical public health methods of case finding, isolation, and quarantine which must occur in settings of extreme underdevelopment, recent civil wars, and fully debilitated health care systems, and in direct violation of deeply-held religious customs and family values. The epidemic at present presents an unpredictable moving target; the international response is having some good effects in some places, but remains very chaotic to the present. I'll try to integrate personal impressions of 5 weeks participation in the response in Liberia in November-December with a broad public health overview.

Speaker Biography - Joel Adelson, MD, PhD, MPH & Farrah Kashfipour, RN, MSN

Joel Adelson, MD, PhD, MPH  & Farrah Kashfipour, RN, MSN
Joel Adelson, MD, PhD, MPH & Farrah Kashfipour, RN, MSN Social Medicine, Public Health & Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
Ms. Farrah Kashfipour is a fellow in Global Health Sciences at UCSF. She earned her Nursing Science degree at UCLA and worked as an Intensive Care Nurse at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto. She has worked as a volunteer for Volunteer for the mobile clinic of the Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME) in Karatu, Tanzania; and the mobile clinic of United Planet in Guatemala. Dr. Joel Adelson is a pediatrician and emeritus professor emeritus of social medicine and public health, at UCSF Institute for Health and Aging. He served as the Director of Integrating Medicine and Public Health (IMAP) Program, and has studied the social, legal and ethical implications of the California Stem Cell Initiative. He earned his MD and Ph.D. at UCSF, and served as the Director of Gastroenterology at the Montreal Children's Hospital. Before his work on Ebola in western Africa, Dr. Adelson had worked as medical volunteer in Nicaragua and Guatemala during the 1980s and headed a children's hospital in a poor section of Newark, New Jersey. In December 2014, Time Magazine selected the world's Ebola fighters as its choice for Person of the Year.

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