Under the auspices of Her Excellency Dr. Nuhair Taha, the Vice Dean of the College, the supervision of the Deputy Head of the Department, Ms. Nouf Al-Zahrani, and the presence of the deputy heads of departments and the female academic staff members, the Department of Basic Sciences organized an awareness campaign entitled "An Awareness Campaign of Leishmania," held on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 A.C. at the headquarters of Adham University College. The activity was offered by the Assistant Professor of Parasites in the Science Department, her Excellency Dr. Rayah Ali Sultan.
We chose leishmania due to the increase in the number of infections during the last few years, the lack of vaccines that protect against the leishmania parasite, and the danger of the disease it causes.
The campaign started with a questionnaire for the female attendants about their information about leishmania and a distribution of a file containing all the useful information of the campaign. The campaign also informed about sand fly vector of leishmania, mechanism of disease transmission, types of leishmania, differences between these types, and the diseases they cause to human beings. The campaign also informed about the geographical distribution of leishmania all over the world and the statistics of the Saudi Ministry of Health. It also covered the symptoms, and the medical and natural methods of treating the disease. The campaign also offered preventative recommendations regarding the disease.
At the end of the event, many visitors commented by writing their views and expressing their appreciation about the campaign and the benefit they gained from it. Modern technologies and means of social media such as Twitter were used to inform a large sector of the community.
At the end of the campaign, female students from the Department of Biology launched a mobile campaign at the college to spread information among female academic staff members, employees, and students.