CGHH Director featured in an article for the Telegraph India

Posted on 25 August 2016

Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories, has been featured in an article about Donald. A Henderson, a leading figure in the eradication of Smallpox.

Written for The Telegraph, India, the article “Mankind's great feat and uneaten tyre” comes from journalist and science correspondent Ganapti Mudur. His article commemorates the death of Donald A. Henderson, a leading figure in Public Health and, specifically, the eradication of Smallpox.

Mudur’s article highlights Henderson’s important work in Public Health, but also as a skilful negotiator within and outside of the World Health Organization. Prof. Bhattacharya wrote about Henderson in his book Expunging Variola: The Control and Eradication of Smallpox in India. He told the Telegraph, “In my view, this was Henderson's finest hour as he charmed, cajoled and debated officials in New Delhi into continuing their support for eradication when other international officers were generally scratching their heads, shrugging their shoulders, or throwing tantrums within the confines of their offices." Without Henderson’s irascibility, Mudur concludes, India may have abandoned its eradication efforts.

 

You can read the article in full here and find out more about Prof. Bhattacharya’s work on our website