Dr. Ciro de Quadros, a public health hero and the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and Education, passed away peacefully today at his home in Washington, DC, surrounded by his family. The following are statements from Sabin’s executive leadership reflecting on the profound difference that Ciro made during his lifetime.
Schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease transmitted by freshwater snails, infects more than 200 million people worldwide, causing horrific symptoms, especially in girls and women. Schistosomiasis is the second deadliest parasitic disease after malaria, killing an estimated 300,000 people annually, and has been linked as a co-factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and the incidence of bladder cancer.
Dr. Ciro de Quadros, Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and Education, received the Public Health Hero of the Americas Award on April 25, 2014. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). It was announced during Sabin’s 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, which was held at PAHO headquarters in Washington, DC.