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Global Health Chronicles: 30th Anniversary of Smallpox Eradication

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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2009

Quick overview of new web site, Global Health Chronicles, http://globalhealthchronicles.org. GHC presents historic video and audio interviews, photos, presentations and government papers that document the intense battle to eradicate smallpox are now available online to researchers and the public alike.

Background

The Global Health Chronicles (http://www.globalhealthchronicles.org) is an online archive hosted by Emory University Libraries. The project was publicly launched on Oct. 26, 2009, the 30th anniversary of worldwide smallpox eradication.

"Eradicating a disease is the ultimate in disease prevention; as smallpox is the one human infectious disease that has been completely eradicated there's much to celebrate here," says former CDC director David Sencer. "The Global Health Chronicles site features oral histories of individuals who played a crucial role in that accomplishment. Today's health professionals and students can hear and read of the passion these women and men brought to their work. This site also will be a valuable source of previously unknown material for historians."

Institutions participating in the massive effort to collect and preserve the data in the Global Health Chronicles archive include not only Emory Libraries staff, but also Emory's Global Health Institute and its Rollins School of Public Health, as well as colleagues at the CDC, says Rick Luce, vice provost and director of Emory Libraries.

Related Links

Global Health Chronicles Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Smallpox Eradication (Press Release 10/27/09)
http://shared.web.emory.edu/whsc/news...

The Smallpox Eradication Chronicles
http://globalhealthchronicles.org/sma...

The Global Health Chronicles
http://globalhealthchronicles.org

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