Posted on 20 February 2019
We are pleased to report that Carlos D´Ávila Pereira Campani’s dissertation, titled ‘The Forgotten Years? How important was the period between 1958 and 1966 to the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme?’ won the Dissertation Prize for the MA in Medical History & Humanities for gaining the highest mark of the programme. Carlos’ dissertation highlighted the necessity to reassess the early years of the global smallpox eradication programme and the importance of many regional and national organizations / institutions (in this case PAHO and Brazil), that quite often have their role reduced, not to say omitted, from the Smallpox Eradication Programme’s historiography, which tends to focus on the role played by few international organizations such as the WHO and the US-CDC.
Carlos began studying on the MA in Medical History and Humanities in 2017, and after successfully completing the course enrolled on the University of York’s Masters in Public Health programme. Carlos says, “I decided to continue studying with the MPH mainly because of the inspiration I got from the MA in Medical History and Humanities on subjects such as Global Health and especially by my dissertation topic. I’ve been working with how disease eradication initiatives can strengthen health systems and I must say that the all the knowledge and critical analysis techniques I acquired from the MA are relevant, putting me on an advantaged stage.”
All at CGHH would like to congratulate Carlos on this achievement and wish him the very best in his current studies.