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1975 Ethiopia. DA Henderson

Photo credit: WHO, C Frucht
Source: WHO Photo Library #A-010810, #A-010811


Dr DA Henderson posed for a series of photos for a WHO publication. At top, studying a map; at bottom, examining a child's vaccination scar.

Publicity such as this would have been invaluable in raising contributions of funds and vaccine. The eradication programme was frequently only weeks away from insolvency. However, it was not until 1975, with the eradication of smallpox from India, that the international media (and WHO's small communications office) took an interest in the programme.