Carter Center closes in on Guinea worm
"Guinea worm's going to be our major achievement"
- Former president Jimmy Carter
Guinea - Former president Jimmy Carter says he will never forget the "beautiful young woman" of about 20, living in a tiny village near Accra, Ghana, looking as though she were holding a baby to her breast.
If the campaign succeeds, Guinea worm could beat polio to oblivion and become the second disease to be eradicated, after smallpox. An unflagging effort by volunteers trained by the Carter Center in 2,500 villages in 21 countries reduced the number of cases from 3.6 million in 1986 to fewer than 10,700 last year.