This image was captured in 2013, somewhere in Indonesia, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nurse Epidemiologist, Margaret Watkins B.S.N., M.P.H., Team Lead, Routine Immunization Team, and depicts a group of young schoolchildren, all dressed in their pink-colored school uniforms, who were standing outside a local vaccination center, about to receive their required dose of oral polio vaccine.
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.