A SERIES | Diseases on the Brink
Articles in this series examine diseases that hover on the brink of eradication, and the daunting obstacles that doctors and scientists face to finish the job. A final article will report on the challenges of campaigns that try to offer prevention of a number of diseases at once.
PART ONE: POLIO
The polio campaign threatens to become a costly display of all that can conspire against efforts to eliminate a disease.
PART TWO: GUINEA WORM
Guinea worm, which has plagued untold generations, is poised to become the first disease since smallpox to be pushed into oblivion.
PART THREE: TRACHOMA
The World Health Organization estimates that 70 million people are infected with trachoma, and two million are blind because of it.
PART FOUR: FILARIASIS
Health experts hope to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, which causes lymph nodes to swell, within a generation.
PART FIVE: MEASLES
Mothers in Nepal are foot soldiers in the global fight to slash the number of children who die from complications of measles.
PART SIX: THE IODINE SOLUTION
Kazakhstan's iodized salt campaign is an example of how a still- developing country can achieve a remarkable public health success.
PART SEVEN: TROUBLED COORDINATION
Campaigns that included some combination of measles shots, polio drops, deworming pills, vitamin A and nets were carried out in nine African countries this year.