11/22/2006

WVU to Celebrate Global Health Day Nov. 27

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Community members and West Virginia University employees are invited to take a trip around the world without leaving town.

WVU’s International Health Program at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center will celebrate Global Health Day from noon-2:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in the John Jones Conference Center (ground floor, Health Sciences South).

At noon, keynote speaker Jeffrey P. Wilkinson, M.D., will present "Obstetric Fistula in the Developing World.” Dr. Wilkinson is an assistant clinical professor of Urogynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Duke University Medical Center. From 2001-2003, Wilkinson served as assistant professor of urogynecology at WVU, where he founded Circa Terra, an organization that collects medical supplies for hospitals and clinics abroad. He also serves as a consultant for teaching emergency obstetrics in the Middle East as part of USAID and Ford Foundation sponsored projects.

He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the International Organization for Women and Development and currently has a grant to study the cultural and religious factors related to obstetric fistulae in northern Nigeria.

Students from the WVU School of Dentistry will make a presentation on their travels to Guatemala. Each spring break the students travel there to provide basic dental care.

There will also be display tables from students who are involved in international health activities at WVU. For more information, please contact Nancy Sanders at 293-5916 or nsanders@hsc.wvu.edu.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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