Photo of a 1967 map that shows several relief camps surrounding the Nigerian-Biafran war zone where the CDC was asked to assist the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its disease control and death prevention efforts.
The CDC’s EIS officers worked in the Nigerian-Biafran war zone, further expanding the CDC’s efforts in eliminating malnutrition, and famine relief. Dr. William H. Foege was the CDC’s first EIS representative, and served as such from September until November, 1967. Dr. Lyle Conrad replaced him as an EIS administrator in December, 1967, and served there until March, 1968. Also in 1968, Paul Schnitker became the first and only EIS officer to die in the line of duty when his plane crashed en route to Nigeria.
This image was created in 1967 and provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [0004-0703-0821-1562] by 0004