Extension of Smithsonian Museum Is Now At IUG

30 - Nov - 2020

On the walk of the International Week Campaign for Antibiotic Resistance, the efforts have never failed to remain disseminating awareness about the risk of novel epidemics in the world from now to then. The Islamic University is one of the big leading institutions in Palestine that keens to do so.    

This month of November, the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Islamic University of Gaza has witnessed the launch of the Epidemic Exhibition which is an extension of the major exhibition "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World" organized by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History “NMNH” in The United States of America.

The overall aim of the exhibition is primarily to increase the general awareness of the disease outbreaks, additionally to deepening the understanding of the spread of infectious diseases. Not only that, but also to enable the public to respond scientifically to diseases' outbreaks in their communities as well as to master the methods and procedures of protection for themselves and their families. Accordingly, they can acknowledge what role they can play to mitigate any future disease outbreaks.

The IUG exhibition, which has been electronically disseminated due to the procedures of COVID19, is loaded with several stickers and murals that steward a collection of information highlighted diverse topics including: The connection between human and animals is very old since it started to be domestic creatures. Therefore, most of the diseases that infect humans are zoonotic as researchers found. They interpreted from where the zoonotic disease come from. The answer is that some animal species- especially bats, rodents, and non-human primates- carry pathogens that can also infect humans. These reservoir hosts may spread pathogens even if they don’t show disease symptoms.

Fighting the fear and handling the disease with a proper base of knowledge additionally to vaccination would alleviating the dilemma from the first place. Throughout the exhibition, the participants clarified with each point that vaccination equals prevention which means that vaccination keeps viruses from taking hold in the body, instead of treating the disease after it strikes.  

It is worth mentioning that Prof. Abdelraouf Elmanama, Professor of Microbiology and ASM Ambassador at the Islamic University, has signed a memorandum of License Agreement with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History “NMNH” to be permitted for disseminating, utilizing and printing the materials and stickers of the USA NMNH exhibition in the IUG Exhibition.  

Two years ago, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History launched the "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World", which is a major exhibition aimed at exploring diseases arising from the intersection of animal and human health and the environment. This benevolent idea was driven by the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the West Africa and the Zika epidemic. The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza "Flu" pandemic.