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Tarig Higazi

Tarig Higazi

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Zanesville Campus associate professor to discuss eradicating River Blindness in Africa as part of IEW

Tarig Higazi, associate professor of biological sciences at Ohio University Zanesville, will share a story of success in the heart of Africa as part of the campus’ International Education Week (IEW) celebration. 

Higazi led a team that studied River Blindness in Sudan, where he was born and raised. River Blindness is a parasitic disease that causes severe skin problems and in some cases total blindness.

Residents of the Nile River town began a community-directed treatment program in the late 1990s. Treatment ended in 2012 after the researchers found that, following annual treatment and semi-annual treatment, there was no evidence of transmission of the disease. According to the World Health Organization guidelines, a disease is officially declared eliminated after three years of mandatory post-treatment surveillance is complete.

Higazi will discuss the work of the team in a presentation on Monday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Elson Hall 186. The theme for Ohio University’s 2015 International Education Week is Global Health and Wellness, which makes Higazi’s presentation relevant. 

In addition to Higazi’s presentation, there is a lineup of more than 20 presentations, including “Doctors without Borders: A Journey to the U.S.” being presented by Dr. M. Tufail Ijaz of Genesis Healthcare System during the International Education Week programming. In all, 15 countries will be represented throughout the International Education Week programming. For a complete schedule, visit https://www.ohio.edu/zanesville/.