Disease and Eradication

What does it take to defeat infectious diseases in the 21st century? The Countdown to Zero exhibition highlights The Carter Center’s 30-year campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, which once afflicted millions. Other innovative global collaborations include establishing the evolutionary relationships between different strains of malaria and influenza, honing in on inherited components of diseases such as asthma and diabetes, and using Twitter data to contain cholera outbreaks. Research, international cooperation, health education—and sheer determination—may soon reduce the suffering caused by these and other ancient afflictions to a distant memory. 

Countdown to Zero is presented by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Carter Center. Countdown to Zero is proudly supported by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Mectizan Donation Program, and Vestergaard. This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of the Arthur Ross Foundation.

Countdown to Zero

Countdown to Zero

This online exhibition is about scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient diseases.

Guinea Worm: Countdown to Zero

Guinea Worm: Countdown to Zero

Health workers are close to eradicating a painful parasite.

Genes and Health

Genes and Health

Scientists are using human ancestry to study modern diseases.

Twitter Tracks Cholera Spread in Haiti

Twitter Tracks Cholera Spread in Haiti

Twitter provided real-time data on a cholera outbreak in Haiti.

Decipering History's Deadlest Pandemic

Decipering History's Deadlest Pandemic

Experts examine relationships between flu strains for answers to the severity of 1918's "Spanish flu" pandemic. 

President Jimmy Carter Visits Museum to Launch Countdown to Zero

President Jimmy Carter Visits Museum to Launch Countdown to Zero

Speaking at an event to mark the opening of the Museum’s Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease exhibition, the former U.S. President discussed the campaign to wipe out Guinea worm disease.

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease in the 21st Century

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease in the 21st Century

Watch former President Jimmy Carter and Museum Curator Mark Siddall join leaders in the field of health and medicine for a conversation about the science and politics of disease eradication.

Fuller Gene Map May Help Disease Study

Fuller Gene Map May Help Disease Study

Scientists have released the largest survey yet of human genetic variation.

Malaria: Natural Selection and New Medicine

Malaria: Natural Selection and New Medicine

Evolutionary biology helps scientists fight malaria.

Exploring the Dynamic Relationship Between Health and the Environment

Exploring the Dynamic Relationship Between Health and the Environment

This 2009 symposium spanned the natural, medical, and social sciences, as well as policy planning, for an understanding of complex linkages and interactions between health and the environment.

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease in the 21st Century

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease in the 21st Century

In this podcast, former President Jimmy Carter and Museum Curator Mark Siddall join leaders in the field of health and medicine for a dynamic conversation about the science and politics of disease eradication.

Live Google+ Hangout Event Today: Mark Siddall Joins President Jimmy Carter On Guinea Worm Disease Eradication

Live Google+ Hangout Event Today: Mark Siddall Joins President Jimmy Carter On Guinea Worm Disease Eradication

In this live broadcast, curator Mark Siddall joined former President Jimmy Carter in announcing the 2012 provisional Guinea worm case numbers.

The Roots of a Malaria Menace

The Roots of a Malaria Menace

Biologists have traced the deadliest form of malaria to its source.

Bacteria Evolving: Tracing the Origins of a MRSA Epidemic

Bacteria Evolving: Tracing the Origins of a MRSA Epidemic

These curriculum materials show practicing physicians and infectious disease specialists studying the origins and impacts of pathogens. 

Countdown to Zero: A Case Study in South Sudan

Countdown to Zero: A Case Study in South Sudan

The Guinea worm might soon be relegated to the past. 

Supramap Tracks Diseases as They Evolve

Supramap Tracks Diseases as They Evolve

Supramap creates disease maps to track the evolution of epidemics.

Wildlife Trade Presents Health Risks

Wildlife Trade Presents Health Risks

In the worldwide wildlife trade, public health risks run high.

Malaria: Natural Selection and New Medicine

Malaria: Natural Selection and New Medicine

Evolutionary biology helps scientists fight malaria.