Carter Center

0 NYTimes profiles a dragon slayer, Donald Hopkins, and his fight against guinea worm

I’ve written about this disease many times, seen people afflicted with it and years ago met a woman who was Nigeria’s last case. Jimmy Carter, whose philanthropy the Carter Center has sponsored Hopkins’ work, was recently talking about guinea worm with comedian Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. This painful, debilitating disease used to afflict millions of people every year.
Thanks to Hopkins and the Carter Center, it’s today down to few hundred cases remaining in the Sudan.

1 Endangered species: Guinea worm

A flurry of reports lately have celebrated the potential end of one of the world’s most horrific human parasites, the Guinea worm. Here’s the latest such from The Guardian: Guinea worm disease is reaching the end of its days. The parasitic infection, which has sickened millions, mostly in Asia and…

0 Grace: Nigeria’s last case of guinea worm

After my first visit to Nigeria in 2001, when I saw more than my fair share of guinea worm infections, I returned to Nigeria for a book project I claimed to be working on. It was 2009 and I was a freelancer. Since I was in the neighborhood, I asked…

4 Nigeria’s last case of guinea worm

It’s hard for many of us, living inside the safe and comfortable bubble of existence offered by western civilization, to understand just how disruptive, tragic and dangerous it can be to simply get sick in a poor, rural African village. It’s probably even harder to imagine living with the threat…