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Last updated: June 29, 2010
In 2001 Dr. Mercy Bannerman started a solar cooker and water pasteurization program to fight Guinea worm illnesses in Ghana. Dr. Bannerman won a World Bank Development Marketplace prize in 2002. With this funding she distributed 1600 solar cookers in northern Ghana and provided training in their use to pasteurize water. She noted an immediate and lasting reduction of endemic water-borne diseases like guinea worm.