Captured in January, 2014, this photograph depicted Nigerian Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) resident, Dr. Mariam Florence Ogo as she was administering a dosage of oral polio vaccine (OPV) to a child at an underserved farming and pastoring community in Pakka, Adamawa, Nigeria. Children in this difficult-to-reach community were eager to receive the polio drops. Nigerian FETP residents are working to eradicate polio from Nigeria through the National-Stop Transmission of Polio program (N-STOP).
For more on the FETP, or the N-STOP program, see the links below.
”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.” See the link below for more information regarding the N-STOP program.
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.