Campaign to rid world of guinea worm6th October 2011
The British government has backed a new campaign to try to rid the world of guinea worm by 2015.
With almost 2,000 cases of the debilitating parasitic disease in Africa last year, moves to eradicate guinea worm have been led since 1986 by The Carter Center set up by the former US president Jimmy Carter and now the Department for International Development (DfID) is ready to donate £20m to the drive. This will fill about a third of the funding gap and ministers are now calling for other donors to make significant contributions.
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