Former President Jimmy Carter may be on the brink of celebrating the birthday wish he made last year: the global eradication of Guinea worm disease. This year, there are only two confirmed cases, compared to 3.5 million a year in the 1980s. It's a medical milestone that took a nearly 30-year effort by the Carter Center and its partners.
Carter spoke to NPR's Robert Siegel about the fight against Guinea worm. An edited version of the interview follows.
You must be gratified to see Guinea worm almost gone.