Walking from house to house, this resident eradication team volunteer was presenting the 'smallpox card', which presented an example of the disease, described the reward associated with ones discovery of a smallpox case, and asked if one knew of any such cases. During these country wide searches for smallpox, each one of the 12 million homes had to be visited, in order to show residents the smallpox case photograph, as well as to announce the money reward for anyone reporting a case, and to ask if they had seen or knew of any cases resembling the one pictured.Local residents who became resident vaccinators, played a profound role in achieving a successful outcome to the eradication program. As locals, they were viewed as familiar, and trusted, and spoke the local dialect, thereby, facilitating enhanced communication with fellow inhabitants.
CDC/ World Health Organization; Stanley O. Foster M.D., M.P.H.
December 4, 2012