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Nov. 3, 2005

UI Student To Discuss Tuberculosis In South Africa Nov. 10

University of Iowa graduate student Bethany Lewis will discuss "Tuberculosis in South Africa: How Direct Observed Treatment (DOTS) Policy is Implemented to Deal with the Epidemic" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in the International Center Lounge. Her lecture is part of the International Thursdays lecture series sponsored by UI International Programs. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Lewis is a medical student who is also pursuing a master's degree in public health in a dual degree program with a subtrack in global health. In 2003, South Africa ranked eighth in the world for the greatest number of tuberculosis cases with a prevalence rate of 458 cases per 100,000 people. Concerns regarding multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and TB/HIV co-infection only fuel South Africa's deepening tuberculosis crisis, Lewis said. Direct Observed Treatment, Short Course (DOTS) is a World Health Organization policy consisting of recommendations for resource-poor countries grappling with tuberculosis.

This past summer, Lewis worked for a public health/development nongovernmental organization in South Africa as part of the practicum experience for her master's degree. She spent the summer outside of Durban observing how DOTS was implemented in South Africa and reflecting on potential problems in the system. During her talk, Lewis will provide a general background on tuberculosis in South Africa, how the health infrastructure is set up to handle tuberculosis cases and communicate some of her observations on the system.

For more information on this lecture, International Thursdays or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or amy-green-1@uiowa.edu.

The International Thursdays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship,         

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433, amy-green-1@uiowa.edu