DVBDDivision of Vector Borne Diseases (Nairobi, Kenya)
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As civil servants, the DVBD men represented a civic whole, which allowed little space for particular interests, and which moved forward guided by science.
Decline reached DVBD with a slight delay, as external funding for time-limited research projects (like the one I worked for at the time) created a brief period of bounty for the DVBD men.
'Centres' like this are, unlike the old DVBD laboratory, not central nodes of local government and of circulation-of people, drugs, information, and administrative power-that integrate civic territory.
Many are women, some of them breadwinners or single family heads-a radical shift compared to the all-male DVBD research staff.
Their schooling exceeded that of their parents (and of the DVBD men), and included fee-paying secondary and tertiary education, together with socially similar children from around Kenya.
They praised virtues like punctuality, long hours, systematic routines and neat dress, again topics dear to their DVBD forebears.
KEMRI/CDC engages in research and intervention; but while, for DVBD, public health and disease control were primary, and research and data circulation were tributary tasks, KEMRI/CDC staff are employed to conduct research, and their public health role is at best indirect, through publications and policy.
This contrasted with the DVBD generation's lifelong kinship-like bonds with workmates, and shared social lives (Geissler 2011).
(10) While temporary and dependent on external agencies, they exceed the wages of DVBD men or equivalent health professionals in public hospitals.
Their sense of organizational attachment resembles that of the DVBD men.