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VIDEO: Jimmy Carter’s Guinea Worm Press Conference

Virtual Media Roundtable – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Releases Guinea Worm Case Numbers for 2012

The online press conference featuring Sudan Tribune’s Julius Uma from Juba.


Carter Centre Press Release

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A young goat herder prepares to drink dam water through a filtration pipe provided by The Carter Center’s Guinea worm eradication program. (Photo: The Carter Center/L. Gubb)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Carter Center Guinea worm experts Drs. Donald R. Hopkins and Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben will host a media roundtable via Google+ Hangout to announce the provisional Guinea worm case totals for 2012 and discuss significant progress in the international Guinea worm eradication campaign led by The Carter Center.

Experts believe Guinea worm disease (also known as dracunculiasis) will be only the second human disease in history eradicated after smallpox. Guinea worm also will be the first parasitic disease eradicated and the first disease eradicated without a vaccine or medicine.

Using simple tools like fine-mesh water filters and health education, The Carter Center and its partners have worked at the grassroots to reduce cases of this ancient disease by more than 99.9 percent since the Carter Center began fighting Guinea worm in 1986.

You also can participate in the discussion on Twitter by following @CarterCenter and using #GWorm12.