This image was captured in the country of Nepal in 2011, by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemiologist, Adam Bjork, Ph.D., and depicts a Nepalese vaccinator using a chair’s seat as a tabletop, while he was in the process of updating his vaccination registry during the country’s Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program.
Today 80% of the world’s people now live in polio-free area. So far in 2014, as of October 8th, only 222 cases have been reported worldwide. Of these, 84% are from Pakistan. Four of the six World Health Organization regions now free of polio (the Americas gained polio-free certification in 1994, the Western Pacific in 2000, Europe in 2002, and South-East Asia this year).