Established in 1986 and operating under the auspices of the Carter Center’s Global 2000 Program, the Guinea Worm Eradication Program aimed to rid future generations of guinea worm by the year 2000. This multilateral partnership brings together organizations like the WHO, UNICEF, the CDC and the World Bank, as well as the national governments and the pharmaceutical industry, in a program combining the eradication efforts, training and research.
Guinea worm disease is set to become the second human disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated. It will be the first parasitic disease to be eradicated and the first disease to be eradicated without the use of a vaccine or medicine.
Today the numbers of this disease have been reduced worldwide by 99.9 per cent. Incidences of Guinea worm disease have been reduced from an estimated 3.5 million in 1986 to 148 in 2013. Today there are only six reported cases worldwide; three in Chad and three in South Sudan.
|Location||West Africa, Eastern Africa, Chad, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Mali|