A day in the life of a nurse working to end polio in Manila
We join Joana on a vaccination day in Happyland, one of the poorest and most densely populated areas of the city.
Part of Joana’s role as a nurse involves vaccinating children in Barangay 105 Happyland, Tondo, in the city of Manila. A vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreak was detected in the Philippines in 2019, and health workers are working to close a polio immunity gap present amongst some of the nation’s children. To successfully vaccinate children in Barangay 105 Happyland, the teams speak to community leaders, dodge traffic, and answer the questions of parents about the vaccine.
*This footage was recorded before the introduction of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines.
To find out more about the response, please visit WHO’s Polio Outbreak in the Philippines webpage