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Fighting Disease:  Niger

 

Eradicating Guinea Worm Disease

Current Status: Transmission stopped, October 2008 (read the announcement)
Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication: Pending

Current Guinea worm case reports >

Since 1986, the Carter Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program has led a worldwide coalition to eradicate this devastating disease. In 1993, when the Center began working in five of Niger's six endemic regions — Dosso, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillaberi, and Diffa — there were approximately 33,000 cases of Guinea worm disease in 1,700 villages of the country. Read full text >

 

Controlling Trachoma

For additional information and updates on the following health program, read the latest issue of Eye of the Eagle >

In late 1998, The Carter Center capitalized on its experience and knowledge gained from the Guinea Worm Eradication Program to work with the government of Niger and partner organizations on trachoma control. Surveys conducted in Niger from 1997-1999 found the burden of trachoma to be concentrated in Zinder, Diffa, and Maradi regions. High prevalence in children and the advanced stage of the disease, trichiasis, in adults indicated that trachoma was a major public health problem in Niger. Read full text >

 

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The Guinea worm pipe filter - a hard plastic straw covered at one end by filter material - is used to strain out the microscopic water fleas from the water, allowing people to prevent themselves from contracting Guinea worm disease while they move from place to place.
The Guinea worm pipe filter — a hard plastic straw covered at one end by filter material — is used to strain out the microscopic fleas from the water. (Photo: The Carter Center /E. Staub)

Salissou Kane, resident technical advisor for the Center's Nigerien trachoma program, demonstrates how the new latrines are covered.
Latrines in key locations improve community hygiene and sanitation. Salissou Kane, country representative for The Carter Center in Niger, demonstrates how the new latrines are covered. (Photo: The Carter Center /J. Zingeser)