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    • Nicole Hoff with a large group of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nicole Hoff: Improving Disease Surveillance Capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Nicole Hoff was in the first week of her MPH program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine when she received something her mother thought she would find interesting – a National Geographic article on monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Among the work highlighted in the piece was that of Dr. Anne Rimoin, a member of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health epidemiology faculty. Working closely with DRC government and academic collaborators, Rimoin’s group has helped to improve the disease surveillance capacity in a nation that is one of the world’s poorest – and one that remains devastated by the effects of civil war.