A Legacy of Leadership
Dr. William H. Foege, co-founder of The Task Force for Global Health, worked on the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He was appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1977.
Foege served The Carter Center as its Executive Director for 6 years. As the Executive Director and co-founder of The Task Force for Child Survival and Development (now The Task Force for Global Health), he helped increase immunization rates from 20% of children getting one immunization to 80% of children, which has been hallmarked as one of the greatest peacetime collaborative efforts in history. Foege also served as Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
On October 9, 2018, Dr. Foege spoke with Ed Baker, MD, MPH, at The Task Force about his philosophy on leadership and how to be an effective leader.
During the virtual event, “Compassion: An Engine for Primary Health Care,” Dr. Shams Syed, Head of Policy and Partnerships at WHO’s Special Programme on Primary
Photo header courtesy of UN Photo/Manuel Elías for UN News. Task Force leaders, including representatives from the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination and the Partnership
Photo header courtesy of UN Photo/Manuel Elías for UN News. Task Force for Global Health experts participated in events focused on pandemic preparedness, prevention and