The Carter Center: The War Against Guinea Worm

The Carter Center: The War Against Guinea Worm


Guinea worm disease is poised to be only the second disease (after smallpox) ever to be eradicated, says Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President and Emory University Distinguished Professor. Here he describes the first time he saw a person with this ancient disease and The Carter Center's two-decades-plus fight against the worm. BACKGROUND The Carter Center?founded in 1982 in partnership with Emory University?seeks to improve the quality of life for people worldwide, advance human rights, and alleviate unnecessary suffering. Its health programs look to fill vacuums in global health, areas where no other group is effectively, and that is where Guinea worm comes in. When Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter started to identify those vacuums, the biggest gap they discovered in the past 30 years was in the prevention and treatment of neglected tropical diseases. "We adopted them because no one else wanted to fool with them," says Carter. RELATED LINKS VIDEO - Guinea Worm: Countdown to Zero Guinea Worm Eradication Program The Carter Center ADDITIONAL EMORY - CARTER VIDEOS Carter Town Hall Jimmy Carter on U.S.-China Relations Jimmy Carter Creativity Conversation

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