Bill Foege

Basics
6 The most influential person in global health

Is Bill Foege. This may sound like a personal opinion but it is, in fact, an informed, journalistic and observational if slightly gestalt statement of reality … insofar as I can tell. I’ve covered global health as a journalist now for as long as it’s been a popular phrase and…

Basics
0 Gates Foundation’s new digs soon to officially open

The Seattle Times, and reporter Kristi Heim, on Sunday published a big spread on the new headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation set to officially open in early June. As is often the case in restaurants, where the appetizers are better than the main entrees, I think the…

Global Health
2 Global public health champion dies

Emory David Sencer David Sencer, the longest-serving director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of the leaders of the U.S. contribution to the smallpox campaign, died Monday at age 86. The New York Times quoted Bill Foege, Sencer’s friend and successor as CDC chief,…

Global Health
0 Seattle still wants to save the world

As regular readers know, the title of last week’s “Can Seattle Save the World? (Poverty, Health and Chocolate)” was tongue-firmly-in-cheek, but also meant to raise some important questions. There’s a serious debate about the meaning and priority of “health” in “global health.” The event itself proved so popular that we…

Science
3 How We Got Rid of Smallpox, Why It Matters

CDC Ghanaian Boy with Smallpox This was a horrible, terrifying disease. Smallpox. It’s hard for many of us to appreciate now what an awful scourge this viral infection once was, in the mid-1960s still causing 15 million cases a year and killing nearly as many as AIDS today. And now…