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Dr Tanbirul Islam, National Professional Officer, WHO Country Office, Bangladesh


“I was supposed to be a surgeon. But while I was studying, I ran out of money and took on a temporary job strengthening routine immunization. One of my supervisors said to me, how many patients can you help with surgery? Just one at a time. But when you work in prevention, you will help hundreds of thousands of people. This stuck in my mind- I realised this is what I wanted, not recognition, but a broad contribution. That motivated me.

“The fight against polio in Bangladesh was a historical event. Being involved in the eradication of a disease is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Once the world is certified as polio free, I will be the happiest man.”

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