CIRO DE QUADROS

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de QUADROS--Ciro, M.D. Led efforts to vaccinate world's poor. The Trustees, Officers and staff of the Sabin Vaccine Institute note with great sorrow the passing of our friend, colleague and Executive Vice President, Dr. Ciro de Quadros, aged 74, who passed away peacefully at home in Washington, DC on May 28, 2014, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Susana; daughters Julia and Cristina; and stepsons Marcelo and Alvaro Boggio. Dr. de Quadros was born and raised in Brazil, where he completed his medical and public health studies. He dedicated his life to championing health as a fundamental human right and worked tirelessly on behalf of the world's poorest populations to increase access to life-saving vaccines. For more than a decade, Dr. de Quadros led our advocacy efforts, encouraging low- and middle-income countries to prioritize and sustain financing for vaccine programs, particularly those focused on protecting children. Prior to joining Sabin, Dr. de Quadros was Director of the Division of Vaccines and Immunization of the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), where he helped avert thousands of deaths by leading efforts to eradicate polio and measles from the Western Hemisphere, and smallpox from Ethiopia. His forward-thinking vision, optimism and tenacity to overcome the seemingly impossible, coupled with his conviction that all countries, no matter their economic status, must invest in the well-being of their own people, helped transform modern day public health programs. A man of deep integrity, humility and compassion, Dr. de Quadros was a mentor to many within the global health community, and was lauded for his many accomplishments. Among the more than 36 prestigious honors and awards presented to him, he received PAHO's Public Health Hero of the Americas Award, bestowed upon individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to improving the health and well-being of the peoples of the Western Hemisphere (2014); the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award of Development Cooperation for contributions to global development through his work with disease eradication and control (2012); the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal award (2000); and the highest civil award presented by the Government of Brazil, the Order of Rio Branco (1999). He was a giant in his field, passionately committed to his crusade of eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and many friends throughout the world. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family. Morton P. Hyman Chairman of the Board Philip K. Russell, M.D. Immediate Past Chairman Michael W. Marine Chief Executive Officer Peter J. Hotez, M.D. President

Published in The New York Times on May 30, 2014