More Links in documents

Sign Up For Email

Please leave this field empty
Now, we invite you to Get Involved


Guinea Worm Disease Eradication: Countdown to Zero

When The Carter Center began leading the campaign to eradicate Guinea worm in 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million cases of the disease in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Today, less than a fraction of one percent of Guinea worm cases remain in a handful of endemic countries: South Sudan, Chad, Mali, and Ethiopia.

Guinea worm disease is contracted when a person drinks stagnant water that is contaminated with microscopic water fleas carrying infective larvae. Inside a person's body, the larvae grow for a year, becoming thin thread-like worms, up to 3-feet-long. These worms create agonizingly painful blisters in the skin, through which they slowly exit the body. People with emerging worms must not bathe or step in sources of drinking water, because a worm will release hundreds of thousands of eggs, or larvae, into the water. Water fleas then eat the larvae, and people who drink unfiltered water from the pond become infected -- continuing the life cycle of the parasite.

Learn more about the Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program:

Guinea Worm Countdown: View most recent totals:

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.

Browse by:


Now showing: All category

Building Hope - 3:21
South Sudan: Failure Is Not an Option - 3:17
Information Transforms Women's Lives in Guatemala - 2:41
Protecting Mental Health (Feb. 8, 2018) - 1:20:13
Thank You for Being the Person the World Needs Now (2017) - 2:03
Voter Voices (Liberia 2017) - 2:25
Nigeria Delivers Blow to Lymphatic Filariasis - 2:09
Project Zero (Oct. 24, 2017) - 1:06:32
The Rise of Islamophobia (Sept. 26, 2017) - 1:12:16
A Conversation with the Carters (Sept. 12, 2017) - 1:01:15
100&Change | Committed to Change - 1:31