This photograph was captured by Pierre Claquin, M.D., B.A.C., who at the time was a member of the World Health Organization's Smallpox Eradication Program. It was provided by former E.I.S. officer, Stanley O. Foster M.D., M.P.H., was one of a series entitled 'The Story of One Smallpox Jeep', which depicted the travails faced by the jeep, and its occupants of public health practitioners, as they road through the Bangladesh countryside in an attempt to eradicate smallpox from the country. This Mahendra Jeep was being ferried across a river in order to continue its rural countryside journey educating residents about smallpox, its signs and symptoms. At the time of Smallpox Eradication, 72-76 ferries were used to cross the rivers. This was the Daukandi ferry, which traveled from Dhaka to Comilla; a route now traversed by a bridge. Travel which used to take 12-24 hours, now can be done in 2-3 hours by bridge, many which were blown up during the country's 1971 war with India.
CDC/ World Health Organization; Stanley O. Foster M.D., M.P.H.
November 2, 2012