|Description:||This 2002 image depicts a girl drinking water gathered from a local pond through a pipe filter. Similar to a straw, pipe filters are individual filtration devices, which allow people to filter their drinking water, in order to avoid contracting Guinea worm disease while traveling, or working in the field. To prevent possible infection, all drinking water must be filtered in endemic areas so as to remove the microscopic copepods, or “water fleas” that carry the infective Guinea worm larvae.|
In 2001, the Carter Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program, and partners such as Health and Development International, the Hydro Polymers of Norsk Hydro, and Norwegian Church Aid spearheaded the Sudan Pipe Filter Project. In only a few months, the project manufactured for distribution more than 9.3 million Guinea worm pipe filters -- hard plastic straws equipped with nylon cloth for straining microscopic water fleas out of drinking water -- to every man, woman, and child at risk for the disease in Sudan. In conjunction with the pipe filter distribution, a targeted health education campaign was launched, including flip charts, radio public service announcements, and community demonstrations.