Doc­tor who erad­i­cated small­pox dies at 87

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Don­ald Hen­der­son, an Amer­i­can doc­tor and public health of­fi­cial who led the suc­cess­ful global drive to wipe out small­pox in the 1960s and 1970s, cred­ited with saving tens of mil­lions of lives, has died. He was 87. Known as DA, Dr Hen­der­son was a “gi­ant” in public health, said Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hop­kins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a po­si­tion Dr Hen­der­son pre­vi­ously held. He “led the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s suc­cess­ful 10-year ef­fort to erad­i­cate small­pox, one of the great­est public health achieve­ments in his­tory”, Dr Klag said in a state­ment an­nounc­ing the death on Au­gust 19. “Small­pox is the only hu­man dis­ease ever to have been erad­i­cated.”

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