2002 Photo Contest, Science & Technology, 3rd prize

Stefan Boness

Ipon / Panos Pictures

23 December, 2001

A girl receives a polio vaccination at a health station. Local authorities organized the vaccinations as part of an Africa-wide campaign, to eradicate polio from the continent. Hearing loudspeaker announcements from a mobile clinic, mothers in the village of Dresa took their children to receive the vaccine. While non-existent in many parts of the world, the disease remains a threat, prompting a World Health Organization global initiative to free the world of polio by 2005.

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Stefan Boness

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