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The Smallpox Eradication Saga: An Insiders View

Isao Arita (Author) New Perspectives in South Asian History
Synopsis The global eradication of dreaded smallpox is a public health achievement of the twentieth century. Isao Arita relates the story behind this successful effort from an insider’s view. This book provides insights from the perspective of an active participant in many of the crucial events of the programme in Geneva, West Africa, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Somalia. The author describes the selfless and tireless work of people from different cultures, races, nationalities and religions, who worked together to achieve a common goal that many thought was impossible.

The Smallpox Eradication Saga covers not only the scientific innovations and management strategies that made eradication possible, but also the actual work, including breaking of rules when necessary to get the job done. Arita also discusses remaining issues in the post-eradication era, such as treatment of the remaining smallpox virus stocks, preparedness for bio-terrorism events and research to sustain a smallpox-free world.

This book is an important addition to the smallpox eradication literature and will be a valuable reference for anyone interested in studying the characteristics of a successful public health, or indeed any other, programme, and how a programme can translate theory and plans into successful field operations and outcomes.
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Title The Smallpox Eradication Saga: An Insiders View
Author Isao Arita
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788125040958
length xxiii+197p., Illustrations; Maps; 23cm.
Subjects History