Every Last Poliovirus
Amina Ismail knows that it is not just vaccinating every last child, but also tracing every last poliovirus that will take us over the finishing line of one of the biggest public health achievements of our time: polio eradication. Amina is one of seven surveillance officers who work across Kenya with Ministry of Health officials as well as other partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to ensure that no poliovirus goes unnoticed. Follow Amina’s daily routine through these photographs as she works in Tharaka Nithi County to strengthen surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), the outward symptom of polio. As the polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa comes to a close, the work of surveillance officers will is essential to make sure polio does not return unnoticed. In addition to this important task, staff like Amina contribute to surveillance for other diseases and help to strengthen routine immunization, showing that polio eradication can, and does, leave an important legacy.