Capturing an Oral History of the 1960s Smallpox Eradication Campaign in West Africa

Preparing an oral history of smallpox eradication in West Africa

The Task Force for Child Survival and Development produced an oral history of the smallpox eradication campaign in West Africa in the 1960s, at the behest of CDC officials who organized a 40th anniversary "Smallpox Pioneers Reunion."

Key Results

  • Project consultants interviewed 37 participants from the 1966–1970 West African smallpox eradication campaign.

  • The project director organized a four-hour seminar featuring 10 speakers discussing lessons learned and the campaign's impact on the future of global health programs.