1. The banner reads “Aaji tika din” — “Immunize your child today”
My father spent almost more time on public health initiative events like this parade—followed by educational workshops/training and vaccinations—than he did in the hospital. The third man from right (white shirt, black slacks) is him. This banner says 1990, so I was 2 or 3, which meant I could only sit in his lap during lectures and panels, but a couple years down the line when I was tall enough, I was often helping hold the banner.
2. Dad giving me my shots while mom held me.
Just took my infectious diseases exam this morning, all about vaccinations, TB, cholera, malaria…all the things I grew up thinking of as medicine as a child in Bangladesh. The beginning of the roads that brought me here?