10-JUN-2019: Canadian students visit AMU to study polio eradication programme
Aligarh, June 10: A team of students connected with the 'Reach Project' of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, Canada visited the department of community medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to study how India ushered into the new age as a polio free country after facing unique challenges in immunisation of children from culturally, economically, linguistically and socially diverse backgrounds.
The interdisciplinary researchers team comprising Alejandra Bellatin (economics student), Azana Hyder (political science student), Sampreeth Rao (medical student) and Peter Zhang (pharmacy student) led by Kirstyn Koswin (research officer), who are working with Surbhi Bhardwaj (research assistant, Public Health Foundation of India-PHFI) met the AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor M H Beg during the visit.
Prof Beg informed them about the magnitude of polio eradication from India taking into account the high population density and birth rate, poor sanitation, widespread diarrhoea, inaccessible terrain and reluctance of a section of the population to accept the polio vaccine.
He also apprised the visitors about the rich academic culture of AMU.
AMU Executive Council member, Prof Najam Khalique (department of community medicine), who accompanied the Pro Vice Chancellor during his interaction with the visiting students pointed out that visiting students wanted to understand how different government and non-government organisations worked together to eradicate polio.
"The research of students from Canada focussed on how India reached the last mile of polio cases in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before being declared as a polio free country by the World Health Organization (WHO)," said Prof Khalique.
He added: "An important part of the research of these Canadian students was to understand the role of AMU's departments, faculty members and students in India's Polio Elimination Project."
The visitors also met Prof Zulfia Khan (Coordinator, Polio Programme, AMU) to discuss the role of AMU in awareness programmes related to the acceptance of polio vaccine.
These students will produce a report describing strategies of India's polio eradication programme from 2008-11, which will be very useful for policy makers in the public health sphere.
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