Brasilia, Brazil--The Sabin Vaccine Institute congratulates its Executive Vice-President, Ciro de Quadros M.D., M.P.H., who will today be presented with the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s Medal of Merit Oswaldo Cruz, in the highest Gold category.

The Medal of Merit Oswaldo Cruz—awarded in the categories of Gold, Silver and Bronze—was created by decree in 1970 to honor members of the Brazilian and foreign medical and public health communities who have contributed to the physical well-being and mental health of the community of Brazil.

“Ciro is deserving of the many awards and honors that have been bestowed on him, but it is particularly meaningful when his achievements are recognized by his country of birth, where he began his career in global health and spent many years working to improve the health of Brazil’s underserved communities,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. “We are proud and honored to have Ciro as a leader of the Sabin team, guiding our work on a number of critical fronts.”

Dr. de Quadros is internationally renowned for successfully pioneering surveillance and containment strategies leading to the eradication of smallpox. He also directed the successful efforts of polio eradication from the Western Hemisphere, and directed efforts to eradicate measles from the same region.

Prior to joining the Sabin Vaccine Institute in 2003, he formerly served as Director of the Division of Vaccines and Immunization at PAHO, where he advised member governments on vaccine implementation programs, and as Special Advisor to the Director General on matters related to the implementation of the Global Program for Vaccines (GPV), representing the World Health Organization in the Children’s Vaccine Initiative governing bodies. He publishes and presents at conferences throughout the world and has received several international awards, including the 1993 Prince Mahidol Award of Thailand, the 2000 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award, and the Order of Rio Branco from Brazil. He was elected into the national Institute of Medicine in 2004. He holds several teaching positions, including serving as an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and Associate Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. de Quadros will receive the Medal of Merit Oswaldo Cruz during the opening of the 9th National Exhibition of Successful Experiences in Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (Expoepi). Brazil’s Health Minister José Gomes Temporão will attend the event with the participation of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expected.

About Sabin Vaccine Institute:
Sabin Vaccine Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing human suffering from infectious and neglected diseases. Through its efforts in vaccine research, development and advocacy, Sabin works to provide greater access to vaccines and essential medicines for millions stuck in pain, poverty and despair. Founded in 1993 in honor of Dr. Albert B. Sabin, discoverer of the oral polio vaccine, the Sabin Vaccine Institute works with prestigious institutions, scientists, medical professionals, and organizations to provide short and long-term solutions that result in healthier individuals, families and communities around the globe. For more information about Sabin’s research and commitment, visit: www.sabin.org.

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