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GHH 121: The Creation & Expansion of the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme

Thursday 28 March 2019, 2.00PM to 16:00

Speaker(s): Lu Chen (University of York), Dr Susan Heydon (University of Otago), Dr Carlos Campani (University of York) & Dr Namrata Ganneri (University of York, UK & SNDT College of Arts & SCB College of Commerce and Science for Women, Mumbai, India)

(This event will also feature as commentator Dr Godfrey Sikipa Hre (Health Ministry, Government of Zimbabwe))

The world was declared free of smallpox in 1980, but the road to eradication was not a straightforward one or swift one. In this seminar, our panellists will focus on the smallpox control programmes operating in the 1950s and 1960s, with particular reference to China, Nepal, Brazil and India. This will demonstrate the crucial, yet commonly overlooked, role of local attitudes, administration and programmes in the expansion of the worldwide smallpox eradication programme.

Admission is free and open to all, but please register for a ticket at Livestreaming of the event will be available at

Please note - this event will be recorded and live-streamed.

Location: Bowland Auditorium, University of York, UK

Admission: Free and open to all. Also broadcast live online