Under the scorching sun, and in 104°F weather, a Nigerian Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) resident, and two data collectors, are seen here attempting to hike down extremely difficult terrain at Hirgizan Duste, in Sokoto, Nigeria, in order to collect immunization data from underserved settlements, during the Phase-1 routine immunization vaccine coverage survey, organized by the National-Stop Transmission of Polio (N-STOP) program, in October, 2014.
”The first STOP team had 25 participants all of whom were U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff members. Over time there has been increasing involvement by citizens from the international community. The STOP program is now a truly global effort with participants reflecting the international commitment to polio eradication. International bridges are being built and global connections made among public health professionals through the STOP program. These connections will continue long after the polio virus is gone.”
For more on the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), or the N-STOP program, see the links below.