Online Program

Dr. Barrie: Hope for Sierra Leone

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 2:15 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Katrina Stime, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Dr Barrie: Hope for Sierra Leone" tells the story of a physician who survived civil war and now fights the spread of disease.

Growing up, Dr. Barrie witnessed rebel troops, including many child soldiers, routinely amputate civilians' limbs as a demonstration against the decision to hold a vote.  “No hand, no voice,” the rationale went: one cannot participate in democracy without limbs to fill out a ballot.

Despite the early passing of his father and loss of his mother to rebel forces, Dr. Barrie earned a scholarship to attend the first medical school in Sierra Leone.  Shortly after, he opened a clinic to treat amputees, and in 2014, he worked with Partners in Health to launch a country-wide response to the Ebola epidemic.  Today, as a doctor and community leader in his home country, Dr. Barrie works to undo the wounds of civil war and epidemic disease.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the global health challenges of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone through the eyes of a physician who grew up during the country's civil war.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Katrina Stime is a first-year medical student at the University of Washington and a Harvard alum. She first became interested in global health while researching HIV drug resistance at the Harvard School of Public Health. From there, she took classes with Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Arthur Kleinman, repaired medical equipment in Tanzanian hospitals, and is now committed to studying global health through medicine and film
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.