WATCH: President Carter Shares One Of His 'Most Gratifying Moments'

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. Former President Jimmy Carter has dedicated the past three decades of his life to fighting diseases in poor countries ― and he’s not stopping anytime soon. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Carter explained the importance of working with diseases that affect some of the most vulnerable groups of people around the globe but that generally don’t get a ton of international attention. “These afflictions cause not only human suffering, but they also cause terrible blows to [countries] in economic status,” said Carter. “If a large portion of the population of a country cannot work or go to school, the whole country suffers.” On Jan. 11, his foundation, the Carter Center, announced a major victory: Guinea worm has been eliminated in Mali, thanks in part to the Carter Center’s programs.  This disease ― which largely affects poor populations in Africa and can cause 2- to 3-foot worms to grow in people’s bodies ― is close to being wiped out worldwide. There were just 25 reported cases of Guinea worm in three African countries last year, compared to 3.5 million cases across 21 countries in 1986, when the Carter Center first began fighting the disease. “We estimate that about 80 million people have not had a Guinea worm because of the Carter ...
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ConclusionsNational programs need to regularly monitor and evaluate the performance and progress of their interventions, while envisaging the complete elimination of onchocerciasis from their territory. Factors hindering the targeted goal of interruption of parasite transmission need to be identified and remedial actions should be taken. If possible and appropriate, ATSs need to be implemented to accelerate disease elimination by 2025.
Source: Infectious Diseases of Poverty - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionThe culture system we have established forO.volvulus young adult worms offers a promising new platform to advance drug discovery against the human filarial parasite,O.volvulus and thus supports the continuous pursuit for effective macrofilaricidal drugs. However, thisin vitro culturing system will have to be further validated for reproducibility before it can be rolled out as a drug screen for decision making in macrofilaricide drug development programs.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is a dermal filariasis caused by infection with the nematode parasite Onchocerca volvulus, transmitted to humans through the bites of blackflies of the genus Simulium. Despite ...
Source: Parasites and Vectors - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
The new data could help identify treatments for diseases ranging from river blindness to schistosomiasis.
Source: The Scientist - Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news
ConclusionKeen observation on the part of physicians is mandatory during the administration of ivermectin for quick recognition and prevention of this adverse drug reaction.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at Scripps Research have developed a urine diagnostic to detect the parasitic worms that cause river blindness, also called onchocerciasis, a tropical disease that afflicts 18 to 120 million people worldwide.
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
Conclusions/SignificanceWe report for the first time the anti-onchocercal activities of these locally consumed medicinal plants and lantadene A, a potential lead for further development as an onchocerciasis cure.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions/SignificanceWHO criteria have been met, therefore MDA in Bioko Island can be stopped. Three years of post-treatment surveillance should be implemented to identify any new occurrences of exposure or infection.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Customized iPhones are just one example of devices that can be used to combat health threats in developing countries. They are helping scientists in California and Cameroon attack the parasite that causes river blindness, an African scourge.Kaiser Health News
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Source: Life in the Fast Lane - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Frivolous Friday Five bull neck diphtheria Elephantiasis leonine facies leopard skin leprosy lion facies lizard skin lymphatic filariasis marasmus monkey facies onchocerciasis Source Type: blogs
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