"This story has been featured in change leadership work, due to the remarkable decline in cases, now approaching eradication in remote locations globally."
Cases of Guinea worm are down by 50% of 2012. With just under 400 total cases and the majority concentrated in one country, South Sudan, the end appears to be near.
The decline in cases of Guinea worm has been remarkable...and is well on its way to zero.
According to the WHO there were 3.5 million cases in 1986 which fell to 829,055 cases in 1986 and declined further to 25,217 by 2006.
The rapid rate of decline continues to today and is well on its way to zero.
396 reported cases in the first half of 12 is more than half the number of cases during the same period last year.
...the Carter Center programs [used] community based health workers to spread information and help to identify cases.
Eradication will be conferred on countries that do not have new cases for at least three years. Three countries stand on the precipice of eradication, Mali, Ethiopia and Chad, while South Sudan still has a little bit to go.
The Carter Center has been a leader in the campaign to eradicated Guinea worm. It started working on the under-address problem in 1986 by partnering with governments and NGOs.