Captured on November 5, 2014, during a supplementary polio immunization campaign in Wajir Bor, Kenya, Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) resident, Samuel Juma, is shown here giving water to a thirsty young child before administering the child’s oral polio vaccination (OPV). Access to drinking water is a major problem in this area, and this child had traveled for a long distance with his mother without any water.
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.