Site Description

In the 1970s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) entered Sierra Leone with a goal to reduce Lassa fever-related deaths. As Lassa fever cases decreased and the prevalence of other diseases such as HIV, malaria, and Ebola rose, the CDC’s goals within the country shifted to consider other diseases as well as strengthen the country’s ability to take a proactive approach to health as opposed to a reactive one. 

Since establishing a country office in 2015, 19 CDC-employed staff members and visiting fellows strive to strengthen the country’s laboratory, surveillance, emergency management, and workforce capacity to respond to disease outbreaks. Fellows working at this site help collect, analyze, and interpret data that contributes to evidence-based public health decisions.

Jessica Preslar