December 6, 2010

Advance Notice

End of Guinea worm focus of film, talk

The Global Health Organization of Pediatrics at Emory presents “Foul Water Fiery Serpent,” a new documentary feature film that follows health workers engaged in a battle to eradicate Guinea worm disease in Africa. The free screening is Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Emory School of Medicine Lecture Hall, Room 120.

In 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million cases of Guinea worm in 20 countries in Africa and Asia. But after a 23-year eradication campaign led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center, the total number of Guinea worm cases had been reduced to fewer than 3,200 at the end of 2009, concentrated in Ghana and Sudan. The end of the disease is now finally within reach.

Emory Global Health Institute Director Jeffrey Koplan will provide opening remarks. The event also includes a discussion led by The Carter Center’s Guinea worm eradication expert, Kelly Callahan.

RSVP to Lauren Hall.

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