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. The mothers depicted here, had brought their young children to this vaccination post in order to have them vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases including polio, and measles. In this view, you can see a social mobilizer on the left, who’d stopped to pose with these women. The job of the social mobilizer, is to get the word out to the general public, as to the benefits of childhood vaccinations, and to allay parental fears towards Western medicine.
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.