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.

“We are immensely proud of Ciro de Quadros for being recognized as a Public Health Hero of the Americas,” said Ambassador Michael W. Marine, CEO of Sabin Vaccine Institute. “Ciro is one of the giants of global health whose work has benefited millions of lives. From his leadership in polio and smallpox eradication in the Americas and Ethiopia to the pivotal role he has played at Sabin advocating greater vaccine adoption and country ownership for immunization programs, Ciro’s values and collaborative approach serve as clear beacons of how to best tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges.”

Please click here to read PAHO’s press release, “Ciro de Quadros, pioneer of polio eradication, is honored as a PAHO Public Health Hero of the Americas.”

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