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Corresponding author: Kelly Callahan, The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. Email: ecallah@emory.edu.

The authors wish to thank Stephanie Palmer, Program Development Coordinator, Trachoma Control Program for The Carter Center and Emory MPH 2013 candidate; Janet DeForest, Research Librarian for The Carter Center; and Yasmin Ogale for all of their efforts and insight.

The views presented in this paper are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication.

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.


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Contributions of the Guinea Worm Disease Eradication Campaign toward Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals


Journal Title:

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases


Volume 7, Number 5


, Pages e2160-1-e2160-7

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Infectious diseases have influenced the biological, historical, and political development of the human species more than any other factor: from the outcome of wars to the success of empires, from the pace of technological advance to the structure of society. Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) was considered a mild affliction not warranting a widespread public health campaign. However, examination of the benefits of eradicating Guinea worm disease (GWD) reveals the effort is contributing to development, including contributions to certain Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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