Professor Ciro de Quadros is internationally recognized as a Champion of Global Health. A Brazilian researcher in the field of infectious disease epidemiology, public health and vaccinology, he is recognized as leading the efforts to eliminate polio and measles from the western hemisphere and one of the most important scientists in the eradication of smallpox around the world. These accomplishments, particularly the eradication of one of the most deadly enemies of mankind, represent one of the prime achievements of medicine.
Through his work with UN agencies, governments and academia, Professor de Quadros, has changed the paradigm for development coordination in public health. His programs have shown that introducing existing vaccines can be done in an economically sustainable way that promotes country ownership, particularly in low and middle income countries. This has facilitated an unprecedented effort against vaccine preventable diseases such as rubella, pertussis, rotavirus, pneumococcus and human papilloma virus, especially in high disease burden areas and underprivileged communities in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Professor de Quadros, while remaining active in research and education, has also become a key advocate to reduce the needless suffering of millions of people around the world by increasing access to vaccines and immunization. Through his work, the world is closer to achieving the millennium development goal that aims at reducing by two thirds the mortality rates in children under 5 years old by 2015.