This photograph, taken during the Bangladesh smallpox eradication effort, shows a local health officer (back to camera) carrying smallpox identification reward posters, while a World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologist, Dr. Bruce Weniger (wearing sunglasses), exits a riverboat at a ferry port in the city of Dacca (now Dhaka). From here, the team took search materials directly across the Buriganga River to the thana (police station) of Keraniganj for an upcoming search campaign. The 'searchers' would use whatever modes of travel were available in order to complete their journeys from village to village. Pole-driven riverboats, motor powered boats known as 'river taxis', and very large boats would transport villagers from one community to another, much the same way as modern, metropolitan city dwellers use buses and taxis. The Bangladesh riverine culture made these modes of transport integral to the daily lives of most villagers.
CDC/ World Health Organization; Stanley O. Foster M.D., M.P.H.
November 26, 2012
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