Created by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minal K. Patel, M.D., of the Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, and a Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program volunteer, this photograph was captured in the Central African country of Chad, and depicts a bicycle that had been equipped with a ”Kick Polio out of Africa” vaccine carrying satchel, which was draped over the handlebars. Transport modalities such as this bike, are integral to effectively disseminating the message, and delivering vaccine to out-of-the-way villages that are far away from the more urbanized areas of the country.
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.