When former US President Jimmy Carter saw the suffering in the developing world caused by a little known disease called Guinea worm, he updated the human rights mission of the Carter Center to include public health. Today, nearly 25 years later, the Carter Center has been successful in fighting the parasite "almost to the brink of extinction," winning him this year’s $1 million prize for global health from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  (USA Today photo and full story)


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