Eradicating Guinea Worm
1980s - 40,000 Indians suffered from an agonising disease caused by guinea worms – parasites which grow to more than a metre in length, leaving their hosts bed-ridden and often destitute.
1983 - India launched the world’s first National Guinea Worm Eradication Programme.
The population at risk - five million people across 7 states - was generally poor, illiterate and living in remote communities.The success of the programme depended on all sectors working together:
In the year 2000 the WHO certified that India was guinea worm free.