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What if you could put an end to a painful or deadly disease? If you could ensure that no one would ever suffer from it again? The goal of wiping out every single case of a disease is ambitious and the challenges are enormous – but the potential benefits are even greater.
To date we’ve eradicated only one human disease: smallpox. But dedicated health workers around the globe are closing in on others.
Guinea worm disease, which once afflicted millions, is set to become the second human disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated.
It will be the first parasitic disease ever to be wiped out – and the first disease to be eradicated without the use of a vaccine or medicine.
In this zone of the exhibition, you will step inside the shoes of Guinea worm disease victims by imagining a world without free-flowing water, understanding what life is like in a typical village where Guinea worm disease may be, or has been, endemic.
We welcome you to join us on the Countdown to Zero.
Guinea worm disease is spread through water – more specifically, by the copepods that carry Guinea worm larvae. These tiny crustaceans are no more than a couple of millimeters long, and are often undetectable to the naked eye. They thrive in the stagnant ponds and dried river beds that provide the only source of drinking water in many communities.
This exhibition zone explores a developing world in crisis; a fast-spreading epidemic brought to life through moving stories and powerful digital content. Visitors will view a real-world Guinea worm display, and "meet" those affected by the disease through digital and interactive engagement.
This exhibition zone showcases the fight against Guinea worm disease, emphasizing the remarkable force of a collaborative human effort that connects people all over the world.
Visitors are immersed in real-world artifacts, including educational and preventative tools, and meet champions who have committed their life's work to the eradication program.
This exhibition zone explores the current status of Guinea worm disease, highlighting the memories of those affected by it and the efforts of champions and partners who have made the near eradication of Guinea worm possible.
This zone of the exhibition focuses on tomorrow and invites visitors to engage alongside The Carter Center and the UAE in the battle against other preventable diseases globally, including malaria, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and trachoma. It also spotlights the UAE's Polio Eradication Campaigns through short films in a theatre space.