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William Foege

Title Senior Fellow, Global Health
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. William Foege, senior fellow in the Global Health Program, advises the foundation on strategies that could be usefully pursued in global health. He has served in a variety of executive positions at the Carter Center and is senior investigator on child development at the Task Force for Child Survival and Development as well as Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health.

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A 'Thank You' To Global Health Workers

In October 1977, in the country of Somalia, a young man named Ali Maow Maalin contracted the world's last case of naturally occurring smallpox. By not passing the disease to any other person, he broke the chain of transmission that had existed from the very first case thousands of years earlier. The global eradication of smallpox was certified in 1979 and endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 1980.

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