Subproject 1

The public health administration in line with the relationship between Spain and the world health organization under Franco


MAIN RESEARCHER: Esteban Rodríguez Ocaña

PLACE OF EXECUTION: University of Granada



  • Draw an overview of the main changes in European health thinking regarding health administration in the first 30 years of existence of WHO.
  • Identify and chronologically order all collaboration programs and all activities in which WHO participated in Spanish health participation during the Franco era.
  • Identify these participants and identify those who held key positions in these activities and programs.
  • If possible by age and condition, manage interviews with them to create an archive of oral sources.
  • Study the results of the health administration program, which was embodied in the National Center for Health Demonstration (Talavera de la Reina), opened in 1976.
  • Study the implementation of Family Planning programs by WHO-Europe.
  • Analyze the effects in Spain of the WHO proposals on family planning.

Subproject 2

The fight against viral diseases in Spain through relations with WHO (1949-1986)


MAIN RESEARCHER: María Isabel Porras Gallo

PLACE OF EXECUTION: University of Castilla-La Mancha



  • Identify WHO work programs with Spain regarding the fight against viral diseases (rabies, smallpox, polio, influenza, rubella, measles and mumps).
  • Analyze WHO’s work programs with Spain regarding the fight against viral diseases (rabies, smallpox, polio, influenza, rubella, measles and mumps) and their degree of implantation.
  • Study the impact of these programs on the Spanish epidemiological reality.
  • Analyze the impact of such programs and associated activities (courses, scientific meetings …) on the development and transformation of laboratories and virological research centers in Spain.
  • Study the participation of leading Spanish scientists in the field of virology in WHO Expert Committees and their relations with other international scientists.
  • Analyze the participation of Florencio Pérez Gallardo as a member of the WHO Expert Committee on rabies and the collaboration of Spanish laboratories in international trials on disease prophylaxis.
  • Analyze the process of transfer of scientific-technical knowledge, practices and health professionals among the seven viral diseases studied.
  • Identify and analyze the processes of improvement and acquisition of specialized training of health professionals on viral diseases in the framework of WHO actions and activities.
  • Examine the follow-up in Spain of the WHO recommendations on the cultivation of viruses of the diseases considered (rabies, smallpox, polio, influenza, rubella, measles and mumps) and making vaccines against them.
  • Study the articulation of vaccination programs against the seven viral diseases and evaluate their impact on the establishment of the vaccination calendar and the subsequent modifications registered.