The global health community loses a hero and leader in the effort to eradicate polio, smallpox and measles
Credit: Evan Wilder/Sabin Vaccine Institute
Washington, 30 May2014
– The GAVI Alliance joins the global health community in mourning the loss of
vaccine and public health pioneer Dr. Ciro de Quadros, who passed away on 28
As Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and
Education at the Sabin Institute, Dr. de Quadros was a driving figure in the
organisation’s work with the Alliance.
Dr. de Quadros served as the first chair of the GAVI Alliance’s
Independent Review Committee, where he boldly led discussion on new vaccine
introductions and immunisation support service proposals, encouraging
participation by EPI managers to help build capacity. His encouragement of countries
to build multi-year plans for immunisation has become a global standard.
“We have lost a giant in immunisation and public health,” said Dr.
Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance in a personal tribute. “I had known Ciro
for close to 30 years, and he never ceased to amaze me with his passion for
vaccines and his can do attitude. He was deeply dedicated to saving the lives
of children everywhere.”
Public Health Hero of the Americas
The Pan American Health
Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) recently
recognised the Brazilian epidemiologist’s central role in the eradication of polio from Latin America and the
Caribbean by awarding Dr de Quadros the title of Public Health Hero of the
Dr. de Quadros’ tireless efforts led to the development of ground-breaking surveillance
and containment strategies for the eradication of smallpox worldwide, and
successful polio and measles eradication efforts in the Americas.
joining the Sabin Institute, Dr. de Quadros was Director of the Division of
Vaccines and Immunisation at PAHO. He also served as WHO’s Chief Epidemiologist
for the Smallpox Eradication Program in Ethiopia from 1970 to 1976.