Dr. Carlos Canseco

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Carlos Canseco Gonzalez
Dr. Carlos Canseco Gonzalez

Dr. Carlos Canseco of Mexico (1921-2009) was an allergy specialist who practiced medicine in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. During his long and active career, Dr. Canseco collaborated for many years with the Rotary International Association, including as the organization's president in 1984. During his work with Rotary, he was particularly active in a plan to immunize all the world's children against polio. In 1982, he worked with Dr. Albert Sabin, the inventor of the oral polio vaccine, in developing an aerosol vaccine to prevent measles. Dr. Canseco was appointed as a state health secretary in Nuevo Leon and served as chairman of the PolioPlus Speakers Bureau. To date, PolioPlus has helped vaccinate 2 billion children worldwide and has contributed to the certification of the Americas as polio-free. Dr. Canseco's dedication and hard work helped to eradicate polio in the Region of the Americas.

Dr. Canseco died on January 14, 2009, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, México.

Links of interest:

PAHO: Poliomyelitis

Interview to Dr. Carlos Canseco. Chanel Lideres. 2016 (In Spanish)