Fighting Disease-Bearing Mosquitoes through Relentless Field Leadership

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  • Indústria e Comércio de Minérios S.A.—ICOMI, Avenida Graça Aranha, 26-16°, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mr. Chairman, Dr. Weller, dear members of Dr. Soper's family, ladies and gentlemen, at the outset I should like to say how extremely honored I am to be asked to give this brief talk on a subject with which I have had some practical experience in my country, where my story takes place.

It is my understanding that the invitation to deliver this lecture reflects your interest in hearing the testimony of a Brazilian on some lessons learned as a result of Fred Lowe Soper's long years of work in my country. On that ground, I will leave aside any further comments of his worldwide brilliant career following his leaving Brazil.

It would be perfectly justifiable for some of the young scientists attending this meeting to question whether my timing is opportune in discussing an antique but memorable public health achievement: the consecutive eradication of Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae in Brazil.