Kelley Sams

Kelley Sams
Institute of Research for Development | IRD · 151 - Population-Environment-Development Laboratory (LPED )

MPH, PhD
Senior Associate at Development Gateway, Researcher and Instructor in Medical Anthropology and Arts in Health

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Introduction
Kelley Sams, MPH, PhD. Kelley is a Senior Associate at Development Gateway, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, and an Affiliated Researcher at LPED/IRD in Marseille, France. She was a Fulbright-Hays scholar and a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. Her work centers on data and research to support equity and create positive social change. She teaches courses in research methods, medical anthropology, and arts in health.
Additional affiliations
June 2017 - present
University of Florida
Position
  • Researcher
September 2014 - June 2017
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales/CNRS/IRD
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • ERC GLOBALMED and ANR VIPOMAR
August 2007 - May 2014
University of South Florida
Position
  • PhD Student

Publications

Publications (55)
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In the aftermath of SARS (2003), the West Africa Ebola epidemic (2014-2016), and other pandemic threats, emerging infectious disease preparedness as a ‘distinctive paradigm’ has become increasingly central to global health approaches (Caduff 2015, Lakoff 2017). Long before the first cases of COVID-19, social scientists had begun to examine critical...
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In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the addition of Disease X, a hypothetical infectious threat, to its blueprint list of priority diseases. In the construction of discourse that circulated following this announcement, conceptions of Disease X intersected with representations of Africa. In our article, we share a broad strokes an...
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There is increasing interest today in how the arts contribute to individual and community wellbeing. This scoping review identified and examined ways in which the arts have been used to address wellbeing in communities in the United States. The review examined 44 publications, with combined study populations representing a total of 5,080 research p...
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Global debates about vaccines as a key element of pandemic response and future preparedness in the era of Covid-19 currently focus on questions of supply, with attention to global injustice in vaccine distribution and African countries as rightful beneficiaries of international de-regulation and financing initiatives such as COVAX. At the same time...
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This article shares findings on COVID-19 in Africa across 2020 to examine concepts and practices of epidemic preparedness and response. Amidst uncertainties about the trajectory of COVID-19, the stages of emergency response emerge in practice as interconnected. We illustrate how complex dynamics manifest as diverse actors interpret and modify appro...
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The beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic was far from the ‘great equalizer’ sometimes described by the media. This article shares themes emerging from research conducted in 2020 in France, Italy and the USA concerning responses to the pandemic and its social effects. The authors analyze how the pandemic elicited varied reactions within the three coun...
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May 10, 2020 was the day that the United States surpassed all other countries in the world in the number of Covid-19 infections. Donald Trump attempted to offer comfort a few months earlier, back in March, with the statement that the virus would be under control by Easter. He later announced that it would be over by summer because the heat would ki...
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This research project examines the translation, interpretation, and application of biomedical concepts in Ghana and Burkina Faso during periods of uncertainty. By examining global health responses to two emerging threats, Covid-19 and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), I explore how diverse social and health contexts with different post-colonial histo...
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Disease X and Africa: how a scientific metaphor entered popular imaginaries of the online public during the time of Covid-19 Abstract (150-200 words) In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) added Disease X, a hypothetical, unknown infectious threat, to its blueprint list of priority diseases. By 2020 this became poignant with the arrival of Co...
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Study Objective. Suicide is a serious health problem that is shaped by a variety of social and mental health factors. A growing body of research connects the arts to positive health outcomes; however, no previous systematic reviews have examined the use of the arts in suicide prevention and survivorship. This review examined how the arts have been...
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Dans son étude ethnographique des effets d’un programme d’élimination du trachome au Niger, Kelley Sams examine comment les représentations de cette infection ophtalmique chronique qui peut provoquer la cécité ont été diffusées et interprétées dans un village cible où la maladie n’était pas a priori considérée comme un problème important. Pour les...
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As one of the poorest countries in the world, Niger is highly vulnerable to epidemics and faces considerable operational challenges for preparedness and response. Large numbers of displaced people in Niger’s border regions, and other marginalised groups, including women who are largely excluded from public life, historically neglected nomadic ethni...
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Individuals address health problems in one of two ways: in their home or social environment, or by calling upon specialists, for both of which medications play an important role, from pharmaceuticals to herbal treatments. This chapter examines how social determinants, conceptions of autonomy, and popular knowledge shape behaviors around medication...
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In this chapter, the authors examine artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) use in Benin and Ghana. Although these two neighboring countries have similar epidemiological profiles and perceptions of malaria, ACTs are used in very different ways: much more appropriately in Ghana than in Benin. In this latter country, there is a surprising simult...
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In Outbreaks, Politics, and Perspectives. Stop 1: Geneva Kelley Sams examines the health landscape from the treatment perspective, in this case for malaria. She focuses first on Geneva, Switzerland, home to the World Health Organization. The politicization of disease has a long history (e.g. Syphilis known variously as the ‘Neapolitan disease’, ‘Sp...
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In March 2020, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, Luca Fusco, his son Stefano, and son’s companion Arianna Dalba created a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of Luca’s father, Stefano’s grandfather, who had died of covid-19. The purpose of the page was to pay tribute to him, as funerals and any kind of commemoration had been banned nationall...
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In March 2020, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, Luca Fusco, his son Stefano, and son’s companion Arianna Dalba created a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of Luca’s father, Stefano’s grandfather, who had died of covid-19. The purpose of the page was to pay tribute to him, as funerals and any kind of commemoration had been banned nationall...
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Guided by the hypothesis that the arts can play a role in changing attitudes, beliefs, and health behaviors, the objectives of the study were to (1) overview artistic practices, interventions, and research being conducted at the intersection of the arts and health communication and (2) identify desired and observed outcomes and variables measured i...
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Living through this pandemic and its related containment measures is new for all of us. As a social scientist whose research examines on health, I find it particularly interesting to see the social impacts of illness emerging as a mainstream focus. Researchers are no longer the only ones discussing how health crises can change society. A few minute...
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As part of the project ANR La Vie Politique des Marchandises (PI Boris Petric), Kelley Sams took a special interest in Chinese politics outside the country’s borders with her analysis of a Chinese initiative of mass distribution of artemisinin-based drugs to eliminate malaria in the Comoros. For this work, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork: 1) i...
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May 10, 2020 was the day that the United States surpassed all other countries in the world in the number of Covid-19 infections. Donald Trump attempted to offer comfort a few months earlier, back in March, with the statement that the virus would be under control by Easter. He later announced that it would be over by summer because the heat would ki...
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Organized institutional responses to infectious disease control confront and escalate the social disruption caused by outbreaks. Since the West African Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016, concern about the rapid spread of a disease across an interconnected world has grown. The concept of pandemic preparedness has become central in global health policy, an...
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The "Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration" white paper presents the views of more than 250 thought leaders from the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors who were convened in working groups in 2018 and 2019. Their voices are joined by over 500 participants in a national field survey and focus...
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During the 2013-2016 West African Ebola epidemic, medical emergency response teams negotiated a context marked by public hysteria and fear to prevent the spread of the virus and treat those already infected. However, the presence and work of Ebola response teams added to suspicions provoked by the rapid increase in numbers of dead and dying and by...
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This scientific meetings taked place in march the 26th to 29th 2018, in the city of Ouidah, Benin. Through this international colloquium, we have discussed the multiple stakes surrounding pharmaceuticals in Africa today, with particular consideration of their markets, the political and economic actors which they mobilize, related instruments of reg...
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Régulations, Marchés, Santé : interroger les enjeux actuels du médicament en Afrique, Ouidah, BEN, 26-/03/2018 - 29/03/2018
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Popular representations of biomedical diseases are created through social interactions. This paper, based on ethnographic research on the Trachoma Elimination Program in Niger in 2010-2011, uses ethnographic images to analyze one type of situation where these negotiations occur- epidemiological disease surveys – and to reflect upon the caregiver-pa...
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This article uses ethnographic research to reflect upon how the treatment of 'everyday' illnesses in Niger engages concepts of social identity. Inspired by Bourdieu's concept of social distinction, as well as Appadurai's edited volume on the 'social lives' of 'things', I present an analysis of how medications are understood by their users in terms...
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The goal of this study is to explore specialized and popular cultural models of trachoma, and the interaction between the trachoma elimination program and its target audience in one trachoma hyper-endemic intervention community. Eighty four million people worldwide, mainly children, are infected with active bacterial trachoma. For some, this will l...
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Background Transmission of HIV from mother-to-child during pregnancy, labor, or breastfeeding is the primary cause of pediatric HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa. A regimen of single-dose nevirapine administered to both HIV-positive pregnant women and their infants has been shown to lower the risk of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. In...
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Background In 2009, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria established the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) in order to increase access to quality-assured artemisinin combination therapy (QAACT). AMFm Phase 1, which includes nine pilot programmes in eight countries, was launched in 2009. The objective of this study was...

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