Dr. Kristen McLean is undertaking a new study of Community-based Experiences of Covid-19 in Sierra Leone. While many countries around the world are witnessing a decline in coronavirus cases, rates of infection continue to climb across the African continent, prompting one scientist to refer to the situation as a “ticking time bomb.” This is concerning for a number of reasons. First, system challenges—such as limited testing and diagnostic capacity and poor monitoring and data collection systems—will make it difficult for many African countries to effectively respond to the pandemic. A rise in treatment needs and mitigation efforts targeting COVID-19 will also divert already limited resources needed to tackle existing health issues in the region, such as HIV, TB, malaria, malnutrition, and maternal health.
In Sierra Leone, where McLean has worked since 2013, a rise in Covid-19 cases will likely lead to substantial disruption. As exemplified during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone’s healthcare system has been severely weakened due to its history of civil war, followed by years of underinvestment in public health services. This created obvious problems during the epidemic, when hospitals and clinics quickly became overwhelmed and local populations avoided public facilities. At the same time, given their history and experience with Ebola virus disease, Sierra Leoneans may be uniquely positioned to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
It is with an appreciation for the need to engage with local communities that this study seeks to understand what has been referred to as “the view from below” in the midst of a global humanitarian response. This project will rely upon phone-based qualitative interviews to assess individuals’ greatest concerns regarding the pandemic, what they are doing to protect themselves and their families from infection, and how people are coping with the indirect economic ramifications that social distancing and other containment measures pose.
If you are interested in learning more about the study, or would like to pursue this topic for your bachelor’s essay, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The following 2014 summer study abroad programs can still accommodate a few students. March 15, 2014 is the final deadline to apply.
Summer 2014 CofC Programs
|Barbados||AAST 300; AAST 300||June||March 15th|
|Brazil||LTPO 250/LTPO 150 & LACS 105||May 14-31||March 15th|
|China||INTB 360, MKTG 360||June 1-20||March 15th|
|Costa Rica||INTB 390, TRAN 360||July||March 15th|
|England/France||ARTH 340; ARTH 340||June 15-July 2||March 15th|
|Paris, France||ENGL 364||May 24-31||March 15th|
|Paris, France||FREN 390, FREN 361||May 11-June2||March 15th|
|Greece||GEOL 240||June-July||March 15th|
|Rome, Italy||CLAS 203 & ARTH 290||June 2-24||March 15th|
|Sorrento, Italy||LTIT 270 & LTIT 370||June14-July12||March 15th|
|Spoleto, Italy||ENGL 339 & ENGL 350||May 14-June11||March 15th|
|Kenya & Tanzania||EDFS 560 & INTB 390||May-June||March 15th|
|Morocco||LTAR 250, LTFR 250, POLI 359, FREN 361, FREN 490||May14-June6||March 15th|
|Panama||TRAN 360, MKTG 360, REAL 360||Summer 2||March 15th|
|Trujillo, Spain||SPAN 275; SPAN 328; SPAN 333; SPAN 390||May 14-June 19||March 15th|
Join Political Sciences Professor, Dr. Christopher Day, on Wednesday 12 at 9am as he presents a web-based lecture for the Cultural Knowledge Consortium’s Speaker Series. Access to the lecture is available at: https://connect.dco.dod.mil/ckcspeakers.
For full details, see: Speaker Series 12Dec2012 Day Insurgency