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37 Million LifeStraw® Filters Contribute to the Near Eradication of Guinea Worm Disease

New Museum Exhibition, “Countdown to Zero” Defeating Disease,” Tracks Progress

In 1986, an estimated 3.5 million people in 21 countries in Africa and Asia suffered from the highly debilitating Guinea worm disease. In 2014, there were only 126 cases in four countries. This puts Guinea worm disease on track to be only the second human disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated. It will be the first to be eliminated without the use of a vaccine.

There is no vaccination or treatment for Guinea worm disease, yet much work has been done to prevent it by providing access to safe drinking water and education. The Carter Center has led the effort through its Guinea Worm Eradication Programme. In 1996, Vestergaard began working with the Center and since that time, more more than 37 million LifeStraw® Guinea worm pipe and cloth filters have been provided to help fight Guinea worm disease.

In January 2014, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, opened a new exhibit: "Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease." Launched in collaboration with the Carter Center, the exhibition tracks the progress to eliminate Guinea worm and other devastating diseases.

Learn more about progress against Guinea Worm disease.

Learn more about the Countdown to Zero exhibition.

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