Guinea Worm Set To Be Eliminated Due To Efforts By Carter Center, Partners

NPR: The Last Days Of Guinea Worm
“…From more than three million cases of Guinea worm disease a year in the 1980s, the world tally in 2016 stands at just two confirmed cases. Both are in Chad and are believed to have been contained before they had a chance to spread. (There are also two suspected cases, one in Chad and one in Ethiopia.) If Guinea worm is pushed into extinction, then Guinea worm disease would be just the second human disease to be eradicated after smallpox…” (Beaubien, 6/6).

NPR: Jimmy Carter May Soon Get His 90th Birthday Wish: No More Guinea Worm
“Former President Jimmy Carter may be on the brink of celebrating the birthday wish he made last year: the global eradication of Guinea worm disease. … It’s a medical milestone that took a nearly 30-year effort by the Carter Center and its partners. Carter spoke to NPR’s Robert Siegel about the fight against Guinea worm. An edited version of the interview follows…” (6/6).