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.
When health practitioners and researchers look at underlying causes of poor health and well-being, they see a number of interconnected issues, from race to gender