The 2014 Emergency Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone: Ambulances as Death Traps and How We Got to Zero

Science on Tap
Monday, January 14, 2019
6:00 p.m.
National Mechanics
22 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

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The 2014 Emergency Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone: Ambulances as Death Traps and How We Got to Zero

Join us at Science on Tap as Hannah Lawman shares her experiences working in Sierra Leone during the emergency Ebola epidemic. She will share how ambulances and the response teams they carried were rejected by many communities and what the Ambulance Project did to change attitudes and improve access to Ebola treatment.

About the Speaker

Hannah Lawman received her PhD in clinical community psychology at the University of South Carolina and specialized in health behavior change and methodology. While working as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lawman was part of the 2014–2015 Emergency Ebola Response in West Africa. She worked in Sierra Leone on the Health Promotion Team and led a project to demystify ambulances and reduce fear around accessing treatment for Ebola. Upon returning to the United States she founded Welbodi Sierra Leone, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls in the Sierra Leone district where she worked to finish their high school education by providing comprehensive scholarships.


This month’s Science on Tap event is sponsored by the American Philosophical Society.