3D Object Gallery

This gallery contains 3D models of objects displayed in the CDC exhibit.

Riders for Health

This is an outfit worn by a Riders for Health courier. Riders for Health has provided health care to rural African villages using motorcycles and motorcycle ambulances since 1986. During the Ebola epidemic, Riders for Health worked as couriers to connect health centers to laboratories. They worked transported blood and sputum samples to be tested for disease in laboratories across 15 different counties in Liberia.

Biohazard Cooler

This biohazard cooler from International Medical Corps reads in French “WARNING. Laboratory specimen. Do not store: vaccination material and food.” Coolers like this were used for transporting and storing samples that needed to be tested for Ebola virus.

Dry Chlorine Bucket

Dry chlorine granules were diluted to make a chlorine disinfectant solution in buckets like this one. Chlorine was the trusted disinfectant in fighting Ebola, as it is able to damage the virus. A diluted chlorine solution was used for washing hands, and containers with the solution were found outside many buildings to help prevent spread of infection.


This kufi (traditional, short, brimless hat) was worn by Sheik Ibrahim Sesay, the Chief Imam of Pipe Line Coal Mosque in Freetown, Sierra Leonne. Sheik Ibrahim Sesay helped train religious leaders how to respond and work within their communities during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leonne.


This Qur’an is marked with multiple passages that discourage followers from certain practices that might leave them vulnerable to Ebola virus. As respon ders struggled to gain trust of communities and dispel myths, faith leaders were involved in providing life-saving advice to their local communities. Utilizing passages from the Quran was one way of providing communities with healthy practices, as supported by their faith. The Qur’an is sitting on a traditional hand-carved rehal from Freetown, Sierra Leone. It was presented to CDC by the Islamic Action Group (ISLAG) through FOCUS 1000.

Quran On Stand

This Quran is marked with passages that discourage followers from certain practices that might leave them vulnerable to Ebola virus. An imam has marked this page “Bush Meats” as it contains verses regarding types of meat that are acceptable and unacceptable for consumption. Bush meat (wild game) consumption is a dangerous as it brings wildlife that may be reservoir or host to Ebola virus into direct contact with humans.

Traditional Healer's Bottle

Traditional healer's bottle decorated with power symbols, including threads and cowrie shells; used to wash hands. Donated by the Sierra Leone Indigenous Traditional Healers Union.

Traditional Healer's Drum

Wood and animal skin drum used by traditional healers in Kambia District, Sierra Leone. Donated by the Sierra Leone Indigenous Traditional Healers Union.

Traditional Healer’s Wooden Staff

Traditional healer’s wooden staff. Donated by the Sierra Leone Indigenous Traditional Healers Union.

Nucleic Acid Extractor

96-well deep-well nucleic acid extractor used in the CDC Bo Lab. This robotic extractor processed 96 suspected Ebola samples at a time in 30 minutes. Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a nucleic acid present in all living cells. In some viruses, like Ebola, RNA rather than DNA carries the genetic information. Through the CDC Foundation, the CDC lab team was able to supply the South African lab operating in Freetown, Sierra Leone with one of these extractors.

Personal Protective Equipment

This is an example of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) head cover used in United States hospitals. CDC guidance required a fluid-resistant head cover with full face shield and surgical mask to protect the face, mouth, nose and eyes.

Spread The Information T-Shirt

This shirt was worn by a member of a local NGO in Bo district, Sierra Leone. Social mobilizers wore T-shirts or polos such as this one when reaching out to communities. Social mobilizers were vital in stopping Ebola through the spread of preventative information.

Sharps Container

Sharps containers like this one were used to dispose of needles during the outbreak. Proper disposal of medical sharps prevents dangerous needle sticks that can lead to spreading of disease.

3D Object Gallery