Fourth on my list is a dramatic drop in the number of guinea-worm
Gates, who has supported the initiative for over a decade with $1 billion, pledged $335 million over the next 4 years, including $42 million to continue efforts to wipe out Guinea-worm
The team had been investigating whether the guinea-worm
parasite, which has been the focus of a worldwide eradication campaign for three decades, is still present in Sudan.
This and other projects have shown success: The number of worldwide Guinea-worm
infections has dropped from 3.
The joint team of the Sudanese health ministry and WHO were working as part of an assessment team currently operating throughout Darfur to assess the presence of the guinea-worm
disease (dracunculiasis) with a view to certifying Sudan as dracunculiasis-free.