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Ebola in Sierra Leone: a Local Physician’s Story (Samba Jalloh)

March 13, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Please note that this event date has changed. The correct date is March 13 (previously listed as March 20).

The New Jersey Medical School Office of Global Health presents a lecture by Samba Jalloh as part of its monthly Interdisciplinary Global Health Lecture Series. Jalloh, who has partnered with NJMS faculty members on multiple global surgery missions, is the recipient of a 2019 global health excellence award from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

In the early months of the Ebola epidemic, as a medical student, Jalloh worked to increase public awareness and address broad misconceptions about the disease. He also served as a liaison between his community of patients and medical volunteers, helping to reduce public distrust of international medical teams.

In this talk, Jalloh will address the Ebola crisis in West Africa from a local practitioner’s perspective, the challenges of local cultural beliefs and its impact on the spread of Ebola, and the post-Ebola impact on the health care system.

Jalloh is a medical doctor/house officer in Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, as well as a researcher, American Heart Association basic life support instructor, Bleeding Control Basic V. 1.0 Course “Stop the Bleed” instructor through the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, and the director of research for the Junior Doctors Association of Sierra Leone. He holds bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees from the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, and a bachelor of science in pure and applied sciences/biological sciences from Fourah Bay College. In addition, he has been an active participant in free surgical missions organized by the International Surgical Health Initiative and Saving Life Initiatives. Moreover, he is the founder and CEO of GS HEAD (Global Summit for Health Environment Agriculture and Development), which aims to boost socioeconomic status for young people; and he is a director/international liaison officer of a charity organization – PIN (Patient in Need).

Medical Sciences Building, room E609b, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ

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Presented with support from the NJMS Department of Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Free and open to all Rutgers faculty, staff, and students. For more information, contact Marquiah Geiger, Program Coordinator:


March 13, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


NJMS Office of Global Health
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Medical Sciences Building
185 South Orange Ave.
Newark, NJ 07103 United States
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