This image depicts Pakistani Field Epidemiology Training Program (PFETP) resident advisor, Dr. Rana Jawad Asghar, as he was talking with kids in the inner-city of the capital city of the Pakistani Province of Lahore, during a polio-related field study. In this study PFETP residents evaluated more than 7,000 children in just two and half days in 2012. Note that Dr. Asghar was wearing his Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cap, sporting the organization’s familiar logo.
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.