Tuesday 4:30 pm in Klaus Classroom 1447, Stan Foster, "Public Private Partnerships in Global Immunization: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and Partners"

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An estimated 2.5 million children under five living in poverty die from diseases preventable by immunization each year.  With leadership from the Gates Foundation, the Global Alliance for Vaccines, and Immunization (GAVI), the World Health Organization, and UNICEF, barriers to development are being identified and addressed.  Key to this progress are unique public-private partnerships. These include cutting edge research such as being carried out at Georgia Tech, major global pharmaceutical companies, and growing pharmaceutical capacity in fast growing economies like Brazil, India, and China.

Equally important to the achievement of sustainable development is the mobilization of communities, the emergence of community ownership, the strengthening of health delivery systems, and the use of data to measure achievement of objections and to identify and overcome barriers to implementation.


Biographical Note: After graduating from Williams College (1955) and the University of Rochester School of Medicine (1960), I spent two years as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence (EIS) Officer assigned to the Indian Health Service in Arizona. In addition to my main responsibility for examining 10,000 school children per year for trachoma (25% were positive), I had the opportunity to investigate other health emergencies as they arose: Plague, Rabies, Measles, Shigella, Food Poisoning, Kerato Conjuntivitis (Philadelphia, Talequah Oklahoma, and La Paz Bolivia), Diabetes in Pima Indians, and Rotavirus in the Truck Islands in the South Pacific. In 1966, I was invited to join CDCs new Smallpox Eradication Program. Our family spent 4 years in Nigeria (1966-1970) and 4 years in Bangladesh (1972-1976) working with national health workers to eradicate smallpox. In 1977, I spent three months living with nomads in Somalia (the last smallpox epidemic country in the world). Smallpox was eradicated from the world in 1979.

From 1980 to 1994, I worked with the International Health Program Office at CDC in its Combating Childhood Communicable Disease Project (CCCD).  We worked with 10 African countries to improve the health and survival of children under 5 through strengthening their capacity to prevent and treat diseases. We focused on prevention (immunization, malaria chemoprophylaxis of women); case management of the three priority killers of children (malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea); communicating health behaviors, strengthening health information systems; and operations research. During this period, I taught managment and policy at the emerging School of Public Health.

I joined the Global Health Faculty in 1994 where I have taught GH501 (Global Policy; Priorities, Policies, Programs; and most recently Global Health Challenges and Opportunities) in the fall; GH572 - Community Transformation in the winter; and Evidence Based Strategic Planning (a case study of Oromia Region in Ethiopia) in the spring.

On April 17, 2013 I gave my Last Leacture (50 Years of Public Health, Lessons Learned, and Visions for the Future). I am greatful to all that make up the Rollins School of Public Health and the Hubert Department of Global Health for the opportunity to partner with learners, staff, and faculty in developing the next genereation of global health leaders.


Rollins School of Public Health Distinguished Achievement Award

Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award - Emory University (2010)

Dory Storms Award for Contributions to NGO Child Survival Projects (2008)

Williams College Bicentennial Medal (2006)

APHA: Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in International Health (2003)

Thomas Sellers Award (2002)

Rollins School of Public Health: Professor of Year (1996)

William C. Watson Award Medal of Excellence (1991)

Williams College: DSc (HON) (1983)

WHO: Order of the Bifurcated Needle (1976)

University of Rochester School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha (1960)



Behavior and Health
Disease Surveillance
Global Health
Maternal and Child Health
Public Health Practice



  • Co-Teach Community Transformation with Sumaya Karime


  • Member of the Global Alliance of Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Evaluation Panel
  • BRAC School of Public Health, Bangladesh - (2009)
  • Evaluation of $35 million US AID Grant to the World Health Organization Africa - (2008)
  • CDC's Polio Stop Program
  • CARE CDC Collaboration Project


With my wife Dottie, who is fluent in the Mam Language, one of 22 Guatemala Indian languages, we lead an annual workshop for 25 women's groups in the highlands of Guatemala. Workshop topics are selected by the Mam Women and have included: Maternal Health, Nutrition, Self Esteem, Environment, and Gold Mine Toxicity 

In 2013, three workshops were held:

  • Prevention training for 19 health promotors
  • Violence workshop for 80 women
  • HIV/AIDS for 60 women

Please see link to Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization for more information


Please see link to Emory University for more information



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