Eradicating Guinea Worm
A decades long effort to wipe out the parasite has almost reached its goal
But a coordinated program to eliminate the Guinea worm has, over the last decades, fought hard against this parasite, so that, in 2014, there were only slightly more than 100 cases isolated in four countries.
Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben directs the Guinea Worm Eradication program at the Carter Center, the NGO which has been at the forefront of fighting the Guinea worm. He thinks that, with a little good fortune, another year or so may see the end of what's been called the quintessential "forgotten disease of forgotten people."