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Researchers analyze cost-effectiveness of guinea worm disease eradication
(PLOS) Eradication of guinea worm disease (dracunculiaisis), targeted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the year 2015, is finally within reach, with only 25 reported human transmissions in 2016. Now, researchers writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have re-asserted the cost-effectiveness of the global Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (GWEP), some 30 years after it started. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 5, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What It's Like When A Guinea Worm Living Inside Your Body Suddenly Burrows Out
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. JUBA, South Sudan ― It took days for Maker Achuil and others to slowly pull the arm-length, spaghetti-like worm out of his thigh. After a year with the white parasite inside him, Achuil screamed in pain as the grown Guinea worm emerged. A former soldier in South Sudan, which fought for decades before gaining its independence from Sudan in 2011, Achuil still shudders at the memory of the agony he felt as the worm was gradually wound around a stick. “It was like putting...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These Health Warriors Are Using Education To End A Disease
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. Most people aren’t familiar with Guinea worm disease ― that’s because it has almost disappeared.  In 1985, the disease had infected about 3.5 million people. At last count, only 25 cases remain. People contract the Guinea worm, a parasite, by drinking contaminated water. The worm is about as thick as a piece of spaghetti and can grow as long as three feet. It lives inside the body until it’s ready to emerge from the skin in a long and painful process....
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 22, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

These Health Warriors Are Using Education To End A Disease
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. Most people aren’t familiar with Guinea worm disease ― that’s because it has almost disappeared.  In 1985, the disease had infected about 3.5 million people. At last count, only 25 cases remain. People contract the Guinea worm, a parasite, by drinking contaminated water. The worm is about as thick as a piece of spaghetti and can grow as long as three feet. It lives inside the body until it’s ready to emerge from the skin in a long and painful process....
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

African worm disease from dirty water nearly eradicated, says Jimmy Carter
When the Carter Center joined the battle to eliminate Guinea worm disease in the mid-1980s, there were 3.5 million cases in 21 countries, now only 25 cases have been reported worldwide (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jimmy Carter Rates His Presidency And Reflects On 'Gratifying' Post-Presidential Years
As 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter remains proud of his administration’s efforts and accomplishments during his four years in office in the late 70s. But, as the 92-year-old told Oprah during an interview for OWN’s “SuperSoul Sunday,” it’s actually his post-presidential years that have been most gratifying.  “When I was president of the most powerful and influential nation on earth, I had more total influence over peace and progress and things like that,” Carter acknowledges in the above clip. “But the last 35 years since I’ve left the White House...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disease That Causes 3-Foot Worm To Grow In Body Eliminated From Mali
This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. Former President Jimmy Carter is close to checking off a major bucket-list item: ending a horrific and ancient disease. Together with his eponymous foundation, Carter, 92, announced on Wednesday that dracunculusm, known as Guinea worm disease, has been eliminated from Mali and that there were just 25 reported cases in three African countries last year. Through its partnerships and community programs, the Carter Center has played a key role in the disease’s decline. The dis...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

East Africa: Ethiopia On Right Track to Eradicate Guinea Worm
[Ethiopian Herald] The Ethiopian Public Health Institute said efforts are under way to eradicate Guinea Worm Disease (GWD) in a strengthened manner. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 2, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sudan: WHO Discuss a Guinea Worm Sudan
[SNA] Khartoum -Federal Health Minister, Bahar Iddris Abu Garda discussed with delegation of experts and consultants of the World Health Organization(WHO) and in presence of WHO Representative in Sudan, Dr Naema Al-Qaseer the ongoing arrangements for declared Sudan free of Guinea Worm Disease(GWD). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Eradicating the Painful Disease Once and for All
[Ethiopian Herald] Guinea worm is considered to be among the painful diseases in human history and it is sometimes taken as a sign of poverty for its transmission is much related with lack of safe drinking water. Once known for its high rate prevalence worldwide, now the world is due to wrung a curtain on it. While 198 countries have become Dracunculiasis-free nations, the disease has become epidemic in four countries only. Ethiopia is one of the four Guinea Worm endemic victim countries just like Chad, Mali, and South Sudan (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 11, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Intensified Efforts to Make Nation Guinea Worm Disease Free
[Ethiopian Herald] The Ministry of Youth and Sport disclosed on Friday that it will intensify efforts to ensure and address youth agendas through sport. Accordingly, the Ministry announced that some 544 future youth elite athletes were recruited for further professional training in 17 different sport disciplines during the the 5th All Ethiopian Games (AEG). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 6, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What is guinea worm? Is it a real worm?
Q: What is guinea worm? Is it a real worm? A: Guinea worm is, in fact, a real worm. It is a large nematode, Dracunculus medinensis, which is ingested through drinking contaminated water. The condition is known as dracunculiasis or guinea-worm disease. The worm eventually causes a debilitating and painful infection that begins with a blister, normally on the leg. Around the time of its eruption, the person may experience itching, fever, swelling, severe pain and a burning sensation. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: dracunculiasis [subject], dracunculus medinensis, guinea-worm disease, tropical disease [subject], tropical disease [subject], water [subject], safe water, wastewater, greywater, clean water, African Region [region], Guinea [country], Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Jimmy Carter To Make Rare Address To Britain's House Of Lords
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dracunculiasis or Guinea Worm Disease: General Overview
Guinea worm disease is caused by the parasitic worm, 'Dracunculus medinensis,' or, 'Guinea-worm.' The worm is the biggest of the tissue parasites which affect people. The adult female, which carries approximately three million embryos, can measure 600-800 mm in length and two mm in diameter. The parasite migrates through a person's subcutaneous tissues causing severe pain, particularly when it occurs in a person's joints. The worm eventually emerges, from the person's feet in most instances, causing intensely painful oedema, a blister and an ulcer accompanied by nausea, fever and vomiting. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 18, 2016 Category: Disability Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: news

Global Health: Progress in Jimmy Carter’s Quest to End Guinea Worm Disease
Only 22 cases of the disease were reported in 2015, a significant drop from the 126 cases reported in 2014. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Carter Center Carter, Jimmy Ethiopia South Sudan Parasites Afghanistan Mali Guinea Worm Disease Chad Source Type: news

Global Health: Progress in Jimmy Carter’s Quest to End Guinea Worm Disease
Only 22 cases of the disease were reported in 2015, a significant drop from the 126 cases reported in 2014. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 11, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Carter Center Carter, Jimmy Ethiopia South Sudan Parasites Afghanistan Mali Guinea Worm Disease Chad Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Programme Set to Fully Eradicate Guinea Worm By 2016
[Ethiopian Herald] Stakeholders of the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm) Eradication Programme (EDEP) said, the disease will be fully eradicated from Ethiopia by the end of 2016. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 15, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Progress Toward Global Eradication of Dracunculiasis, January 2014–June 2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 23, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Cash Reward Offered for Reporting Cases of Guinea Worm Disease
[Nation] The Ministry of Health has offered Sh100,000 reward to anyone who will report a case of Guinea Worm Disease (GWD) in any part of the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 26, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Jimmy Carter Wants To See The Last Guinea Worm Die Before He Does
When former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that his cancer had spread to his brain, he also revealed he had some unfinished business he wants to see through.  "I would like to see Guinea worm completely eradicated before I die," the philanthropist said. "I'd like for the last Guinea worm to die before I do." Carter went on to explain that there are currently only 11 cases of dracunculiasis, or guinea worm disease, in the world. That's a precipitous drop from 3.5 million cases across 21 countries in 1986, when he first set out to conquer the disease through his nonprofit organization...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Species is Close to Extinction and That’s a Good Thing
This article originally appeared on World Science Festival. (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - January 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer So Tags: Uncategorized carter center carter center guinea worm global health Jimmy Carter parasites WHO World World Health Organization Source Type: news

Global Health: At Museum, New Front in Guinea Worm Fight
Former President Jimmy Carter cited a 15-percent drop in cases last year as he helped open an exhibition on diseases at the American Museum of Natural History. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 12, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: American Museum of Natural History Guinea Worm Disease Source Type: news

Global Health: At Museum, New Front in Guinea Worm Fight
Former President Jimmy Carter cited a 15-percent drop in cases last year as he helped open an exhibition on diseases at the American Museum of Natural History. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: American Museum of Natural History Guinea Worm Disease Source Type: news

South Sudan: Carter Center Announces 126 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide
[Carter Center]New York -The Carter Center announced today that 126 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2014. These provisional numbers, reported by ministries of health in the remaining four endemic nations and compiled by the Center, show that cases of the debilitating disease were reduced by 15 percent in 2014 compared to 148 cases in 2013. When the Center began leading the first international campaign to eradicate a parasitic disease in 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million Guinea worm cases o (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 12, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Progress Toward Global Eradication of Dracunculiasis — January 2013–June 2014
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 21, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Global Health: A Dog’s Life in Chad: Filling Up on Fish Guts and on Guinea Worms
A surprise has turned up in the fight against Guinea worm: In Chad, more dogs have it than people do — and fish guts are apparently to blame. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 29, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Parasites Dogs Guinea Worm Disease Worms Source Type: news

Global Health: A Dog’s Life in Chad: Filling Up on Fish Guts and on Guinea Worms
A surprise has turned up in the fight against Guinea worm: In Chad, more dogs have it than people do — and fish guts are apparently to blame. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Parasites Dogs Guinea Worm Disease Worms Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Lessons From the Low-Tech Defeat of the Guinea Worm
Sometimes medical advances are accomplished not through scientific breakthroughs, but through education and persuasion. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - August 11, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preventive Medicine Guinea Worm Disease Africa Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Lessons From the Low-Tech Defeat of the Guinea Worm
Sometimes medical advances are accomplished not through scientific breakthroughs, but through education and persuasion. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preventive Medicine Guinea Worm Disease Africa Source Type: news

Africa: Carter Center Marks Progress in Fight Against Guinea Worm, River Blindness
[VOA]Chicago -Guinea worm disease and river blindness are among 17 tropical diseases the World Health Organization considers neglected. Thanks to the efforts of the Atlanta-based Carter Center - founded by former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn - focused treatment and prevention are leading to the elimination of one, and the extinction of another. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Guinea Worm Disease
Title: Guinea Worm DiseaseCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 4/6/2010 12:34:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 4/3/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)
Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General - April 3, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Turkana On Alert for Guinea Worm Disease Amid Rising Insecurity
[Sabahi]Garissa -The ongoing conflict between the warring Turkana and Pokot communities is hampering efforts to monitor a potential Guinea worm disease outbreak in the region, according to Kenyan medical authorities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 16, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Progress Toward Global Eradication of Dracunculiasis — January 2012–June 2013
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 25, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Suspected Guinea Worm Outbreak Reported in Kitgum
[New Vision]Doctors in Kitgum are investigating a report of suspected outbreak of Guinea Worm Disease (GWD) in the district ten years after World Health Organization (WHO) declared Uganda a guinea worm free country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 27, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

AUDIO: Worm disease 'relatively-contained'
Ann Mills of the LSE explains why it's 'feasible to eradicate guinea worm disease'. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Profiles in Science: Donald R. Hopkins: How to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease
He helped eradicate smallpox, and as vice president for health programs at the Carter Center, Dr. Donald R. Hopkins is targeting Guinea worm disease.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Carter Center Hopkins, Donald R Parasites Guinea Worm Disease Source Type: news

SCIENCE: Donald R. Hopkins: Guinea Worm Slayer
Dr. Donald R. Hopkins reflects on how the prejudice he experienced growing up in the American South helped him communicate with the rural villages most affected by Guinea worm disease.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Carter, Jimmy New Guinea Hopkins, Donald J Guinea Worm Disease Source Type: news

Mali Violence Slows Guinea Worm Disease Eradication
In rebel-held areas of northern Mali, teams that remove worms and teach villagers how to protect drinking water have been unable to operate since April. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 18, 2013 Category: American Health Authors: By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Kenya Carter Center Niger Carter, Jimmy Water Mali Guinea Worm Disease Source Type: news

New global strategy targets raft of neglected tropical diseases - UN health agency
Dengue, leprosy, river blindness and guinea-worm disease are among 17 neglected tropical diseases now targeted by a new global strategy, supported by worldwide partners, that provides a steady supply of quality medications, the United Nations health agency said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 16, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news