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Video: Global Disease Detectives - Answers from Kibera

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ROBERT BREIMAN: We have a very unique project going on in Kibera. We have a group of what we call community interviewers -- they're basically field workers --

[Ouma speaking Kenyan language ]

ROBERT BREIMAN: They carry personal digital assistants, you know, PDAs. These PDAs are programmed with the questions we're trying to get answers for.

JANE ALICE OUMA: Like, we can talk of cholera. H1N1 was found in the community.

ROSELYN ATIENO ODENGO: She wanted to know how we are going on, anyone who has been sick, anyone who has been in hospital.

JANE ALICE OUMA: So, in this last one week...

ROBERT BREIMAN: And this is an area of about 30,000 people, about 8,000 households. And they go to every single household every two weeks.
And if someone's very sick, they encourage them to go to the field clinic.

BEATRICE OLACK: There's nothing that motivates me as much as seeing somebody or a child who was sick getting back on his feet again.

JANE ALICE OUMA: They are positive, especially the women and children, because they know what they are getting from CDC.

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