This photograph depicts Pakistani Field Epidemiology Training Program (PFETP) residents (from left) Dr. Mohammad Amin, Dr. Ali Hashim, Dr. Naveed Memon, and Dr. Sohail Memon, as they were in the process of inspecting an open water source in the district of Barkhan, near Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad, after an outbreak of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) occurred in a district village, December, 2012. “Acute watery diarrhea can be caused by many different infections, and may also occur following ingestion of chemicals, or food contaminated with pre-formed bacterial toxins.”
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.
See the links below, for more on AWD, or the FETP.