In the Mood for Wiping Out Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Sabin's Executive Vice President, Dr. Ciro De Quadros, is highlighted in this month's World Health Organization Bulletin for his successful career in controlling and eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases.
“They sent me to head a health centre in the Amazon region, in a town called Altamira of about 4,000 people in Pará state. All we had was a community nurse, a laboratory technician, a sanitarian and an administrator to take care of the health of that community. Vaccine coverage rates were not very high, maybe about 50 percent or 60 percent…Our small team managed to increase coverage to nearly 100% during my first year.”