Captured in the Central African Republic, by Benjamin Dahl, Ph.D., M.P.H., SURVAC Project Officer for the Global Immunization Division, this photograph depicts a public health field worker taking stock in the repertoire of supplies she and her team would take on their mission to deliver polio vaccinations to surrounding communities, during the country’s polio vaccination campaign.
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 Transmission of Polio (STOP) program has expanded its assignments from 3 to 5 month assignments starting with the team being trained in June 2012.