smallpox

3 Profile of a global health prankster, Bill Foege

Bill Foege in the hills near his boyhood home of Colville, WashingtonTom Paulson Editor’s note: William Foege is a global health hero. Everyone from Bill Gates to Barack Obama says so. But what many may not know is that Foege is a prankster as well, and that mischief is a…

0 From smallpox victim to polio eradication advocate

Ali Maow MaalinWHO Ali Maow Maalin of Somalia died suddenly at the age of 59 last week. He was the last person infected with smallpox in the world. What he did with his life after the infection is what makes Maalin’s story truly remarkable. He took his experience and set…

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…

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,…

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…