Captured on November 5, 2014, during a supplementary immunization campaign, this image depicts Kenyan Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) resident, Samuel Juma, as he searched for a mobile phone signal by climbing onto an anthill located in Wajir Bor, Kenya, in an attempt to trace the locations of polio vaccination teams in the field.
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.
For more on the FETP, or polio, see the links below.
”Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Therefore, the strategy to eradicate polio is based on preventing infection by immunizing every child to stop transmission and ultimately make the world polio free.
In 1988, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution for the worldwide eradication of polio. It marked the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), spearheaded by national governments, CDC, Rotary International, WHO, and UNICEF, with substantial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” See the link below, for more information on the World polio eradication efforts.