Guinea Worm Summit

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Guinea Worm Summit

March 20-22, 2022

At the 2022 Guinea Worm Summit, The Carter Center and Reaching the Last Mile, an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, along with high-ranking representatives from eight countries, gathered to recommit themselves to taking the steps needed to eradicate Guinea worm disease by 2030.

Country Updates

View the Guinea worm history and status of each of the declaration’s signatory countries.

  • Remaining cases of Guinea worm disease in Chad can be found near the Chari River outside of Geulengdeng. (Photo: The Carter Center/ J. Hahn)

Chad

Just eight human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in Chad in 2021, a 41.7% improvement over 2020. Infections in animals declined 48% in the same period. Learn more »


  • Pipe filters can protect against Guinea worm disease, a parasitic water-borne disease that breeds in stagnant pools of water. Above, a woman in Achamungole Village, South Sudan, drinks through a filter. (Photo: The Carter Center/ C. Marin)

South Sudan

After many years of diligent work, South Sudan reported only four cases of Guinea worm disease in 2021. The country hasn’t had an animal infection since 2015. The frequent movements of cattle camps pose a challenge to keeping nomadic populations safe from infection; universal understanding of the need to filter all water before drinking is essential. Learn more »


  • Dr. Moussa Saye displays a poster that announces rewards for Malian citizens who report Guinea worm cases. He has been part of the Carter Center team working to eliminate Guinea worm in Mali since 2005. (Photo: The Carter Center/ J. Hahn)

Mali

Despite significant security challenges, Mali reported just two human cases of Guinea worm disease and a handful of animal infections in 2021. A strong network of well-trained village volunteers is the key to maintaining vigilance and eliminating infections in dogs. Learn more »


  • Obang Adhom, front left, relaxes with members of his Abate crew on a commercial farm in Ethiopia’s Gambella region. They do the tough work of measuring and treating the farm’s 81 ponds on a rotating 28-day cycle to help eliminate Guinea worm disease. (Photo: The Carter Center/R. Youngblood)

Ethiopia

Having reported just one human case and no animal infections in 2021, Ethiopia has a good chance of becoming the next country to eliminate Guinea worm disease. Learn more »


  • With so few cases left in the campaign, every worm specimen is scrutinized under a microscope and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for positive identification as D. medinensis. (Photo: The Carter Center/ J. Hahn)

Angola

Guinea worm disease was discovered in Angola only four years ago, and just three cases have ever been reported there. The government invited The Carter Center to help educate the populace and supply water filters to prevent future infections from occurring. Learn more »


  • Children collect water from a well in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Clean water is key to avoiding Guinea worm disease. (Photo: The Carter Center/ G. Dubourthoumieu)

Democratic Republic of Congo

No case of Guinea worm disease has been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1958, and the country recently submitted its dossier to the World Health Organization to be certified as free of the disease. Learn more »


  • A herder shepherds his goats in Khartoum, Sundan. (Photo: The Carter Center/ O. Geddo)

Sudan

Sudan recorded its last cases of Guinea worm disease in 2013. It is preparing to submit its dossier to the WHO to receive official certification that it has eliminated the disease. Learn more »


Background

Since 1986, The Carter Center has led the international campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, working closely with ministries of health and local communities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and many others.

Learn more about this campaign »