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NPR Examines Efforts To Eliminate River Blindness

NPR: How Worm Warriors Are Beating An Unbeatable Worm
“How do you get rid of river blindness? It’s all about the worm. … But that cycle of transmission and infection is so complex that until recently, many experts believed elimination as a goal was unattainable. Now the World Health Organization target date to achieve it is 2025, thanks to the widespread distribution of a game-changing medicine and what [Frank O. Richards, director of the Carter Center’s river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis programs,] calls the ‘vision’ of accomplishing the possibility, encouraged by the successful strategies employed in the Carter Center’s fight against Guinea worm…” (Cole, 8/11).

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