This image was created in 2015, by Global Educator, d'Arcy Lunn, while he was in South Sudan with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), participating in the global Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program. The photograph shows the hand of a public health field worker, squeezing a small plastic bottle containing oral polio vaccine, and delivering drops of the fluid into the waiting mouth of a small child. You can also see the mother’s hand stabilizing the child, as she accepts the droplets. Please note that permission to reuse this image must be obtained from Mr. Lunn, who owns the copyright.
The global effort to eradicate polio is the largest public health initiative in history. The initiative was established in 1988 by the World Health Assembly (WHA) with the goal of eradicating polio by the year 2000 while strengthening capacity to control other major childhood diseases. At the 130th Session of the Executive Board of the WHA in January 2012, delegates recognized the progress made to date on the three-year Polio Eradication Initiative’s Program of Work. They called for additional human resources to assist with country level efforts. To fill the request for more staff for the field, the STOP program has expanded its assignments from 3 to 5 month assignments starting with the team being trained in June 2012.