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“Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease”

Exhibit January 11, 2017-December 16, 2017
  • <p>“Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease” exhibition at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum explores scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient diseases.</p>

    “Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease” exhibition at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum explores scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient diseases.

  • <p>The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a type of nematode or roundworm. The samples here were drawn out of patients in Africa and saved for the purposes of research. These worms are dead and are therefore no longer infectious. Once eradication is complete, Guinea worms will be extinct. (Photo: AMNH/D. Finnin)</p>

    The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a type of nematode or roundworm. The samples here were drawn out of patients in Africa and saved for the purposes of research. These worms are dead and are therefore no longer infectious. Once eradication is complete, Guinea worms will be extinct. (Photo: AMNH/D. Finnin)

  • <p>A woman does her washing near a dam in the country now known as South Sudan. Nearby, a sign cautions against entering The water while infected with Guinea worm disease. (Photo: The Carter Center/L. Gubb)</p>

    A woman does her washing near a dam in the country now known as South Sudan. Nearby, a sign cautions against entering The water while infected with Guinea worm disease. (Photo: The Carter Center/L. Gubb)

  • <p>Filtering water through a simple mesh fabric removes crustaceans, rendering the water Guinea-worm free. Nomads in West Africa found they could create a portable filter by fastening nylon fabric to the end of a reed used as a drinking straw. Plastic versions have since been distributed by the millions. (Photo: AMNH/D. Finnin)</p>

    Filtering water through a simple mesh fabric removes crustaceans, rendering the water Guinea-worm free. Nomads in West Africa found they could create a portable filter by fastening nylon fabric to the end of a reed used as a drinking straw. Plastic versions have since been distributed by the millions. (Photo: AMNH/D. Finnin)

The challenges of eradicating devastating diseases are enormous, but successful strategies can bring about enormous social and economic benefits. Opening at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum on Jan. 11, 2017, “Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease” explores the factors that determine if a disease is eradicable – meaning that it can be wiped out completely – as well as the scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions.

Created by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Carter Center, the exhibition uses stunning photography, videography, and artifacts to highlight several global efforts to fight infections, including the Carter Center-led campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease. The exhibition also highlights ongoing programs to eradicate polio; eliminate river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria; and the challenge to control other diseases.

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