Guinea Worm Eradication

CIFF has additionally provided support to the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication programme.

Guinea Worm Eradication

The progress towards Guinea Worm eradication has been swift and dramatic. In 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million people suffering from the disease in 21 countries. By 2014, there were only 126 cases in four countries: Ethiopia, Chad, Mali and South Sudan. The work so far has brought Guinea Worm to the brink of extinction. There is no cure, vaccine or surgical procedure to treat Guinea Worm. The only way to halt the disease is by preventing people becoming infected in the first place.

The Carter Center, with support from the World Health Organisation, has successfully driven the Guinea Worm eradication effort since the 1980s. Promoting simple health messages to vulnerable populations so they can avoid infection has been highly effective in reducing the disease.

This work is complemented by a broad village volunteer surveillance system to detect and contain all cases, together with filter distributions, chemical treatment of unsafe water sources and provision of safe water sources. These efforts bring basic health care and attention to the world’s most isolated and marginalised communities, in a cause that will benefit all humanity.


  • Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) - duplicate

    United Kingdom | Staff size: 51-100

    The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation, headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi and New Delhi....

  • The Carter Center

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom

    Funding Agencies
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of time including poverty and disease, mass...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    They are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which they can do the most good.


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  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2015
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