The good news

Posted: 28 March 2008

As of 2008, three advances in environmental disease control should be noted:

  • Control of river blindness (onchocerciasis), an incapacitating disease transmitted by the bite of a small fly, has protected more than 34 million people and opened up 25 million hectares of land for agricultural production.

  • Guinea-worm disease (dracunculiasis), a crippling water-borne disease which has afflicted parts of Africa and Latin America for centuries, is close to eradication.

  • Sleeping sickness, spread by the tsetse fly, may soon cease to be a public health problem.