Lurking in stagnant pools and muddy watering holes, the Guinea worm easily gets into the food chain—and, because it is frighteningly invulnerable to stomach acids and the human immune system, it is next to impossible to remove from the body.
But now, scientists are on the verge of eradicating the parasite, humanity’s oldest and largest nematode enemy.
This program journeys to Sudan, the country most affected by the Guinea worm, where its impact, along with the traditional and arduous method of removing the creature, is demonstrated.
Viewers are also shown how the apparent end of the Sudanese civil war is an opportunity to put new health care and clean-water programs into action.
This film is part of the KILL OR CURE series of 57 x 25-minute documentaries produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.