Created on December 3, 2012, this photograph was captured by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Communication Specialist, Alan Janssen, MSPH, while he was in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh reviewing the methods, and implementation of the regions measles and polio vaccination programs. Depicted here along a railway line, were what are referred to as railway dwellings, and numbers of their inhabitants. Life along the tracks is physically demanding, creating distractions that force the need to keep up with childhood vaccinations further down the list of priorities for these inhabitants.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborate with the Government of India, Indian institutions, and international organizations to address a wide range of infectious, and non-communicable diseases. Together the CDC works to strengthen India’s health system to reach national and international goals. CDC opened the first India office in 2001, to support the Life Initiative for HIV/AIDS prevention and control. Today CDC maintains offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad, with staff who supports initiatives originating in the Division of Global Health Protection, the Global Immunization Division, the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, and the Influenza Program.