This picture shows two case surveillance officers of the Mambolo Chiefdom walking to the local clinic in the Village of Tongo Walla, Sierra Leone to assess surveillance practices. The team of three, including a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), epidemiologist traveled in a boat, as it was the only mode of transportation able to reach the village. This picture earned photographer, Luis Eduardo Torrens, a First Place award, in the in the 2016 CDC Connects, Public Health in Action Photo Contest, in the category of International People.
“CDC began working in Sierra Leone in 2008 through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). CDC supports laboratory and surveillance capacity building activities for HIV and other infectious diseases. CDC also supports training to build basic disease detection and response capacity in the workforce.”
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