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Durham University

The Anthro-Zoonoses Network

Almudena Mari Sáez

The work of Almudena Mari Sáez focuses on materialities, geographies and environments and how these factors intertwine and facilitate the transmission of Lassa virus in West Africa. Mari Sáez is also interested in the production of knowledge about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) through an analysis of emergency interventions and the organization and material structures of clinical trials. She presently works as fellow research on the LAROCS project “-Lassa Fever in Guinea and Sierra Leone: rodent control, and seasonality of human exposure to rodents” which is supported by a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG BO3790/1-1). Mari Sáez is based at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Her previous work focused on Maternal Health and local medicines in the Republic of Benin and Sierra Leone.

Selected publications:

Mari Sáez, A. et al. 2014. Investigating the zoonotic origin of the West African Ebola epidemic, EMBO Molecular Medicine.

Bonwitt, J., Kelly, A., Ansumana, R., Sahr, F., Mari Saez, A., Borchert, M., Kock, R. & Fichet-Calvet, E. 2016. Rat-atouille: a mixed method study to characterize rodent hunting and consumption in the context of Lassa fever. EcoHealth 13(2):234-247. doi:10.1007/s10393-016-1098-8.

Brown, H., Kelly, A. H., Marí Sáez, A., Fichet-Calvet, E., Ansumana, R., Bonwitt ,J., et al. (2015). Extending the “Social”: Anthropological Contributions to the Study of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(4): e0003651. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003651.

Mari Sáez, A. 2014. Conveying the pulaaku ideal through rituals: the body and emotions. In: Afican realities: Body, Culture and Social Tensions, Cambridge Scholar Publishing.


Almudena Mari Sáez

Charite, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health