In celebration of the near eradication of the Guinea worm, the Crown Prince Court in partnership with The Carter Center are pleased to invite you to the
Countdown to Zero Exhibition
created by the American Museum of National History in collaboration with The Carter Center.
Running between
October 15th and November 15th
at the Maryah Island Promenade
Not since the last case of smallpox was seen in Somalia in 1977 has a human infectious disease disappeared from the face of the earth. However, now the world is nearing eradication of another one: Guinea worm disease. Moreover, great deal of effort is also underway to control, eliminate, or eradicate other diseases, including polio, malaria, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, and river blindness. The exhibition sheds light on global efforts to fight disease and infections.

Zone 1– Step Inside

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.

Zone 2 – The Little Dragon Rises

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. 

Zone 3 – Hands and Tools

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.

Zone 4 – A Simple Privilege

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. 

Zone 5 – Our Shared Vision

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.