Category: eradication

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Smallpox Eradication and Learning from its Success

A map illustrating the timeline for global smallpox eradication.

This year, 2020, the world is commemorating the 40-year anniversary of the declaration of the eradication of smallpox. Considered to be the greatest achievement in international public health to date, we have many lessons learned from this monumental achievement that today’s public health professionals can apply to current and future disease outbreak efforts across the Read More >

Posted on by Inger Damon, MD, PhD, FIDSA, Director, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global HealthLeave a commentTags ,

We can finish the job of Polio Eradication but, it will not be easy.

afghanistan polio vaccination immunization campaign

This year, 2019, has been a challenging one for polio eradication.  Though we have made incredible gains in recent years, the polio program has faced two critical challenges. First, an increase in wild poliovirus (WPV) cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the only two countries with detected WPV cases since 2016. And second, a large increase Read More >

Posted on by Dr. John Vertefeuille Branch Chief, Polio Eradication Branch, Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Heath, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionTags , , ,