Hoosen Coovadia, MD
Victor Daitz Chair in HIV/AIDS Research, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal

"Enhancing the protective mechanisms of children against infectious diseases with vaccines is the surest way to improve lives of children, their families and communities, in the future.”

Professor Hoosen Coovadia has been describedas an icon of public health in South Africa.An anti-apartheid veteran he broke through the barriers of racist rule to become a top paediatrician and an international authority on HIV/especially mother-to-child transmission. He holds the Victor Daitz Chair in HIV/AIDS Research and is the Director of Biomedical Science and the Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine.Heis a former Professor and Head of Paediatrics and Child Health at the same university.He is also a former director of the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute. Professor Coovadia studied medicine in Mumbai, India and then specialized in paediatrics at the Universityof Natal.He became a Fellow of the College of Paediatricians of the College of Medicine of South Africa in 1971. He holds a Master’s of Science in Immunology from the University of Birmingham and received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Natal in 1978. He was awarded the Star of South Africa by President Nelson Mandela for his contribution to democracy. In 1999, he was awarded the Silver Medal by the Medical Research Council for his achievements in medical research. He is on the National Planning Commission of South Africa.
Ciro de Quadros, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President Sabin Vaccine Institute and a member of the Global Polio Eradication Independent Monitoring Board

“Africa must get on track if it hopes to meet MDG number 4. A sure way to do this is to advocate for and to implement immunisation”

Dr Ciro de Quadros, is a leader in the development of successful surveillance and containment strategies for the eradication of smallpox worldwide. In 1970, he joined WHO as chief epidemiologist for the Smallpox Eradication Program in Ethiopia from 1970 to 1976. He moved to PAHO in 1997 as senior advisor on immunizations and directed the successful efforts to eradicate polio from the Western Hemisphere.He joined the Sabine Institute in 2003 and is instrumental in the Institute's international immunization advocacy programmes.He works on issues including the introduction of new vaccinesand thesustainabilityof national immunization programmes. He completed his medical and public health studies in Brazil. Dr de Quadros serves as Associate Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, MD; and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. He is the co-chair of the Decade of Vaccines Steering Committee and a member of the Global Polio Eradication Independent Monitoring Board. He is the recipient of many international awards including the Sabin gold medal in 2000.
T Jacob John MD
Retired Professor, Department of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

“If you know how to prevent disease but you don’t, you become the causeof disease.”

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With 500 publications, Professor T Jacob John is known as a distinguishedforce in infectious disease in India. He was the first to report oral vaccine efficacy problems in Indiain 1972 and in 1986 he was the first to identify individualswith HIV infection in India. Prof. Johnqualified as a clinical paediatrician in 1961. Later he branched out into virology and microbiology in the UK and the USA before bringing his skills and knowledge back to India in 1966 and continuing his studies at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore where he was also the chief of clinical virology servicesfrom 1970 to 1995. In that time he spent 10 years as the chief of the National HIV/AIDS Reference Centre, 15 years as chief of centre of Advanced Research in Virology, and 8 years as head of clinical microbiology. In 1999 he was President of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics. Prof. John has been actively involved in polio vaccine research in India and has served on the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration.