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Disease Eradication in the 21st CenturyImplications for Global Health$
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Stephen L. Cochi and Walter R. Dowdle

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016735

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016735.001.0001

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The Eradication of Infectious Diseases

The Eradication of Infectious Diseases

Understanding the Lessons and Advancing Experience

(p.1) 1 The Eradication of Infectious Diseases
Disease Eradication in the 21st Century

Stephen L. Cochi

Walter R. Dowdle

The MIT Press

The central meeting of the Ernst Strüngman Forum on “Disease Eradication in the Context of Global Health in the 21st Century” brought together a diverse group of experts who discussed the concepts of disease eradication and a variety of critical issues. This chapter begins with the goals of the forum and the issues discussed. It then discusses the criteria for disease eradication programs, which include the biological and technical feasibility, societal and political support, economic considerations, linkage with health systems, and delivery of other health interventions. The chapter also lists the lessons from past and current eradication programs or initiatives.

Keywords:   Ernst Strüngman Forum, disease eradication, health systems, health interventions, eradication, initiatives

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