Sabin Executive Vice-President, Ciro de Quadros, M.D., M.P.H., recently co-authored two new papers that will appear this month in the Strüngmann Forum Report entitled, "Disease Eradication in the 21st Century: Implications for Global Health.” The Ernst Strüngmann Forum brings together international experts to work as a think tank to identify complex problems and to propose innovative solutions. In this latest issue, experts representing a range of disciplines examine the biological, social, political and economic complexities of eradicating a disease.
The first paper, “Group Report: Assessing the Feasibility of an Eradication Initiative,” discusses factors that make a disease eradication effort feasible in the 21st century. It notes that over the last two decades, the global context in which eradication programs operate has markedly changed. Population structures are shifting, communication technology is advancing and reaching more people than ever before, and nongovernmental organizations, like theSabin Vaccine Institute, are getting more involved in eradication efforts.
The paper states that in this age, eradication initiatives need to do more than just fight a disease with drugs and vaccines. Political commitment, social acceptability, financial affordability, strong management and effective communications strategies need to be considered for the success of any program.
The second paper coauthored by Dr. de Quadros, “Measles and Rubella in the Americas,” offers an example of successful eradication initiatives in Latin America. Measles and rubella are vaccine preventable and have been eliminated in the Americas. In the long term, eradication initiatives also helped to strengthen routine immunization programs and to develop the capacity to introduce new and underutilized vaccines. The paper describes the implications of the successes in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) countries for global eradication of measles and rubella, and for the introduction of new life-saving vaccines.
The Sabin Vaccine Institute advocates for the global eradication of measles, rubella, and many other vaccine preventable diseases, including HPV,pneumococcal disease, pertussis, rotavirus and typhoid.