This photograph depicts Pakistani soldiers and children posing for a quick snapshot during a Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) endeavor to administer oral polio vaccine (OPV) to unvaccinated children in the union council locality of Kharotabad, Balochistan, Pakistan, during the July, 2011, polio campaign. In this view, you can see that the two soldiers were armed with automatic rifles, while standing alongside the children, and behind the group was the mountainous terrain visible in the background.
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.