Many publich health officers and historians of medicine maintain that the eradication of smallpox is one of the greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century. In this meeting series at the Wellcome Trust in London, a number of health managers and field personnel who were involved in the smallpox eradication programme of the 1970s will present their own participants’ perspective of the campaign. All seminars take place on Wednesdays 1-2.30pm in the Wellcome Trust’s old building, 210 Euston Rd.

  • 28 March: Dr. Larry Brilliant (Executive Director, Google Foundation and Google.org, USA): “How we Eradicated Smallpox from India”
  • 4 April: Dr. Claudio do Amaral (Poliomyelitis National Eradication Programme Director & Smallpox Eradication Programme Director, Brazil): “Brazil´s Smallpox Eradication Programme, its consequences and further developments”
  • 25 April: Dr Isao Arita (Chairman, Agency for Cooperation in International Health, Japan): “The successful eradication of smallpox and the prospects for disease eradication efforts in the 21st century”
  • 2 May: Dr Ciro A de Quadros (President & CEO, and Director of International Programs, Albert B Sabin Vaccine Institute (SVI), Washington DC, USA): “The Last Challenge: The Horn of Africa”
  • 30 May: Professor Donald A Henderson (Professor of Medicine and Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, and Resident Scholar, Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA): “The Global Eradication of Smallpox: Historical perspectives and future prospects”

Registration not required. For further information, contact Sanjoy Bhattacharya,

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