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NOVA-Medical Education Campus to host discussion with Fulbright Scholar on quest to eradicate Polio in India, March 19


Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus will host Dr. Zubair Meenai, Ph.D. and Fulbright Scholar in Residence at NOVA and George Mason University, to discuss the health-seeking behaviors of underserved communities in Uttar Pradesh (the largest state in India) and its effects on the Polio eradication program there. This event is sponsored by NOVA’s Global Studies program and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.

Meenai is professor within the Department of Social Work at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, India. He is also president of the Indian Association of Social Work Education. While in the U.S., he is teaching on some of the major public health issues in the world, such as malnutrition and outbreaks of tuberculosis and polio.

Between 2002 and 2005, there was a large-scale outbreak of Polio in India, and it was learned that people were unwilling to be vaccinated. Seventy to eighty percent of those who refused were Muslim, and the Indian government reached out to Meenai and Jamia Millia Islamia for assistance. Meenai is working with UNICEF and is working to eradicate Polio in India.


2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday, March 19

Meet and Greet with the speaker in in the Foley Forum (first floor) following the presentation


Northern Virginia Community College, Medical Education Campus

6699 Springfield Center Drive, Room 154, Springfield, VA 22150

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.425.5839 | kthompson@nvcc.edu

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