Keynote: Philanthropy’s Impact on Global Health
William Foege, MD, MPH
Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health
Rollins School of Public Health
WILLIAM FOEGE, MD, MPH, is a world-renowned epidemiologist who worked in the successful 1970s campaign to eradicate smallpox. Foege became chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Smallpox Eradication Program, and appointed CDC director in 1977. In 1984, Foege and colleagues formed the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, a working group for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Its success in accelerating childhood immunization led to an expansion of its mandate in 1991 to include other issues that diminish the quality of life for children. Foege served The Carter Center between 1986–1999, first as its executive director, fellow for health policy, and executive director of Global 2000. Between 1992–1999, he contributed to the Center’s work as a fellow and executive director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. In 1997, he joined the faculty of Emory University, where he is now Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. In 1999, Foege became a senior medical advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he remains active as a Gates Fellow.