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In the Kosi River Basin, Martha Dodray used to walk for hours to reach families. She helped to end polio in India in 2011.
Community members wait for the ferry in the Kosi River Basin area. In the dry season, the region is an endless plain; and in the wet season the waters flood several metres high.
The short sickles people use to tend their fields in the Kosi River Basin area. Near Darbhangha, Bihar, India.
A chilly November morning in in Tilkeshwar village in the Kosi River Basin area. Bihar, India.
In order to eliminate polio from Pakistan, Rotary PolioPlus funds vaccinators to give oral polio vaccine to all young children on all Karachi trains.
A child gets a finger marking after receiving polio vaccine on the train platform in Karachi, Pakistan.
A woman carries a newborn at the Karachi train station. The baby will be vaccinated against polio by vaccinators who work on trains and station platforms.
Families wait for the train to leave the station in Karachi, Pakistan.
Aziz Memon, an industrialist and the national chair of Pakistan's PolioPlus Committee, has worked hard to convince Pakistan’s political parties not to politicize polio eradication.
Wednesday is immunization day at this clinic. Before being immunized, a nurse screens the babies for growth, fever, their breast-feeding status and general health. Pampanga Province, the Philippines.
A baby waits with her mother at the health centre. Pampanga Province, the Philippines.
Dr. Cara Burns leads the molecular epidemiology and surveillance laboratory at the US CDC. Here, she displays presentation images that show key moments in the global effort to eradicate polio. Atlanta.
Doctors Mary and George Oblapenko in their St. Petersburg apartment. George spent a decade coordinating the effort to end polio transmission in the World Health Organization European Region.
Dr. George Oblapenko holds a bottle he used to collect potential smallpox samples when he worked on smallpox eradication in India in the mid 1970s.
Dr. Erwin Duizer, the head of the Dutch national polio laboratory examines cell cultures from sewage samples for poliovirus. . RIVM, Bilthoven, the Netherlands.
Dr. Erwin Duizer, the head of the Dutch national polio laboratory examines a sewage sample. These samples are regularly taken near orthodox Dutch reformed schools and tested for poliovirus. Bilthoven, the Netherlands.
Polio consultant Dr. Adèle Aluma (with the colourful earrings) talks to local mothers at the Ngorerom island market. She asks them whether the baby has been immunized against polio. Bol District, Chad.
A girl receives oral polio vaccine on Ngorerom island on Lake Chad. Chad.
A girl receives two drops of oral polio vaccine on the island of Ngorerom on Lake Chad. Reaching these islands requires more time and money due to the need for additional boats, clumps of grass that block passageways, and in some cases, insecurity due to Boko Haram. Lake Chad, Chad.
A little girl on the island of Ngorerom, Lake Chad. Until recently, she may have never been vaccinated as her community lives far from the nearest health centre. Bol District, Chad
A little girl who lives on the island of Ngorerom, on Lake Chad. Until recently, she and her friends may have never been vaccinated against diseases like polio, as her community lives far from the nearest health centre. Lake Chad, Bol District, Chad.
Health workers ask a mother in the Bol market if her child has been immunized against polio. Bol is a district capital and busy market town near Lake Chad. Bol, Chad.
A baby girl sits with her mother at a shelter in the Dar es Salaam refugee camp while polio vaccinators offer vaccine to all children under ten years of age. Insecurity in north-east Nigeria due to Boko Haram forced some Nigerians to flee. Bagasola district, Chad.
Mothers and children in a Chadian nomadic settlement walk towards a vaccination post that health workers have set up in their community. Mafou, Bol District, Chad.
A baby about to be immunized, during a routine immunization outreach session to her nomadic community. Mafou, Bol District, Chad.
A little girl clutches her immunization card as she walks with her mother and sibling after a vaccination session. The children, part of a nomadic community, received routine vaccinations, during an outreach session. Mafou, Bol District, Chad.
Dr. Roger Zapata is reunited with Luis Fermin Tenorio in Pichanaki’s main square. Roger first met Luis in 1991, when he travelled to Luis’ home town of Pichanaki to investigate Luis’ illness. Peru.
Luis Fermin Tenorio, is the last person to be diagnosed with polio in the Americas. He'd love to be a chef, but the pain in his leg makes that impossible. Peru.
Luis contracted polio in 1991. His adoptive mother took him for just one dose of vaccine, instead of the recommended 3. He hopes polio is soon eradicated. Pichanaki, Peru.