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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.
A woman in Nigeria endures the painful extraction of Guinea worm
A woman in Nigeria endures the painful extraction of Guinea worm
Mike Urban, mikeurban.photoshelter.com

The NY Times’ Don McNeil has done a great profile of a global health champion, Donald Hopkins – the man who has led the successful campaign to rid the world of one of nature’s most disturbing parasitic diseases.

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.

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Tom Paulson

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