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.