This image was captured while Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) researchers were in the village of Rugan Fulani, located in the Kanoma-ward of Nigeria, on October 3, 2013, as part of an initiative to vaccinate nomadic children under 5 years of age. This child, a 3-month-old, “zero dose” female, was to receive the oral polio vaccine (OPV) in this nomadic settlement. However, initially, she had cried incessantly, and refused to be vaccinated. It was decided to revisit the baby after vaccinating the other children. Upon returning, her grandmother suggested we take her outside. Shown here, cradled in her mother's arms, and staring at the sky, she accepted the vaccine. Her grandmother's response was, "She has Wings!”
”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.