This photograph depicts Pakistani Field Epidemiology Training Program’s (PFETP) 2nd cohort resident, Dr. Muhammad Dawood Kasi, as he was in the process of administering oral polio vaccine (OPV) to unvaccinated children in the union council locality of Kharotabad, Balochistan, Pakistan, during the July, 2011, polio campaign. Here, you see Dr. Kasi supporting a young Pakistani boy’s head, as he dropped the OPV into his open mouth, while his friends looked on.
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.
”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 links below, for more information on the World polio eradication efforts, or the FETP.