Preparing an oral history of smallpox eradication in West Africa

The experiences and lessons learned from the smallpox eradication campaign in West Africa in the 1960s have not been documented. They could provide valuable information and inspiration for current public health practitioners in the United States and worldwide. The purpose of this project is to take advantage of a planned reunion of the team of individuals who were involved in the West African smallpox eradication campaign, almost all of whom are now past the age of retirement. Deliverables for this project will include: (1) a short narrative with lessons learned of the smallpox eradication program in West Africa based on participant interviews; (2) a collection of historical materials to augment the experiences described in West Africa; (3) a Web site to promote the availability of these documented experiences and lessons learned; and (4) a marketing effort to introduce this resource to faculty and students in schools of public health and medicine. This project will be considered successful if participant experiences and lessons learned are documented and organized in a clear and concise manner and if the products of this study are promoted via the Internet and a marketing effort.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $19,620.00

Awarded on: 4/18/2006

Time frame: 6/1/2006 - 12/31/2006

Grant Number: 57258


Task Force for Global Health, Inc.

325 Swanton Way
Decatur, 30030-3001


Mark L. Rosenberg
Project Director