Morehouse Alumnus: ‘I’ll Defeat Guinea Worm, Then Retire’
03 Sep 2013
Posted by Elise Durham
Donald Hopkins is an American doctor who has done more than many to rid the world of Guinea worm. It’s a horrifying disease spread through drinking water and the worm grows within its host until a metre long. Then it bursts out of the body causing great pain and incapacitating its host. Dr Hopkins began his career at Morehouse College, the all-black college in Atlanta where Martin Luther King also studied some years earlier. He has set himself the goal of eradicating Guinea worm from Africa and he’s very nearly there. Jo Fidgen hears his inspiring story.