Presentation on theme: "By Rebecca Timson and Bert Abbott. Regional Background For centuries, competition for water access in the Niger River Basin has interfered with protection."— Presentation transcript:
Regional Background For centuries, competition for water access in the Niger River Basin has interfered with protection of water quality. Protection of water quality requires transboundary cooperation. Lacking such cooperation, diseases like guinea worm go uncontrolled.
Transboundary cooperation The Niger Basin Authority aims to: Support transboundary development projects Improve environmental protection in the basin But participating countries are not bound by decisions of the NBA, so it has little power.
Local cooperation Here, you see a team of relief workers on the flooded river. Here, a woman assists with a riverbank reforestation project.
The Carter Center works to eradicate guinea worms in the region
Guinea Worm as a Disease AKA Dracunculiasis, “Affliction with little dragons” European explorers saw it on the Guinea coast in the 17 th century
How Infection Spreads Infection by drinking water with water fleas carrying larvae Incubation takes 1 year Often exits through leg/foot Causes painful burning -> soak blister in water Sore is susceptible to infection