Death of Smallpox


On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the WHO declaration of smallpox eradication, the National Museum, the WHO Country Office in the Czech Republic and the National Medical Library Medical Museum organized the exhibition The Death of Smallpox. The exhibition was open in the National Museum in Prague from April 21 to October 17, 2010.

The exhibition commemorated the first victory over an infectious disease in history, as well as the important, internationally appreciated and, in this country, long ignored role of Czech and Slovak physicians in the eradication of the disease. Many of them participated in preparing the exhibition and were honored guests of the opening and the accompanying conference.

Physicians from Czechia and Slovakia who took part in the eradication campaign:

MUDr. Bedrich Bagár: India
Prof. MUDr. Juraj Červenka, CSc.: India
MUDr. Milan Ferencei:  Bangladesh
Prof. MUDr. Vladimír Janout, CSc.: India, Somalia
Doc. MUDr. Zdeněk Ježek, CSc.: India, Somalia, Geneva
MUDr. Karel Kopecký, CSc.: Bangladesh, Somalia
Doc. MUDr. Bohumír Kříž, CSc.: India, Somalia
MUDr. Pavla Kuzemenská (Křížová), CSc.: India
MUDr. Karel Markvart, CSc.: Bangladesh, India, Somalia
MUDr. Ivan Masár, CSc.: India, Somalia
MUDr. Jiří Nedvídek: Mali
MUDr. Vladimír Príkazský, CSc.: Zaire, India
Prof. MUDr. Karel Raška, DrSc.: Geneva
Doc. MUDr. Dimitrij Slonim, CSc.: Etiopia, Geneva
MUDr. Ivan Sodja, DrSc.: India
MUDr. Přemysl Strnad, CSc.: Bangladesh
Prof. MUDr. Štefan Straka, DrSc.: India, Somalia
Prof. MUDr. Vladimír Šerý, DrSc.: Afghánistan, Yemen
MUDr. Jaroslav Šrámek, CSc.: India, Somalia
MUDr. Vladimír Zikmund, CSc.: Zaire, India, Somalia, Bangladesh