Some good news: Countdown To Zero

GoodnewsSome good news: I was catching up on watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Jimmy Carter was the guest on the 12 January edition. One of the things he talked about was the programme to eradicate Guinea worm, which has been supported by the Carter Center.

In 1986, the disease afflicted an estimated 3.5 million people a year in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Today, thanks to the work of The Carter Center and its partners — including the countries themselves — the incidence of Guinea worm has been reduced by more than 99.99 percent to 126 cases in 2014.

I did not know this. It is a wonderful achievement, and everyone involved in the project should be congratulated.

I imagine that President Carter was on the show to publicise the Countdown To Zero exhibition was opened at the American Museum of Natural History on 15 January 2015. It’s in New York.

 

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