Cultural and Ethnic Studies Paper on Guinea Worm Eradication Program

Guinea Worm Eradication Program

The Program

The Guinea Worm Eradication program is an initiative by Carte Center, which began in 1986.The main aim of Carter Center is to eradicate the Guinea worm disease. The Carter Center’s system is organized according to W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s proposed model of planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs (2004). According to this model, there is planned work and intended results. Under the planned work section, the organization considers the resources and the facilities it will use in the program. The results section considers the overall effects of the program. The Guinea worm eradication program has the following resources; human resource for carrying out different activities, finances, other health and government organizations that it collaborates with, and community resources. Activities include; educating people on how to keep the water safe, and preventing those infected from getting into shared water sources (The Carter Center, 2014).

How the System Breaks Down Barriers

This system helps the practitioners understand more about designing, planning, analysis, and implementation of projects. The system also creates an understanding of the resources needed, the challenges that may arise in the future, and the appropriate timetable that will help the organization achieve its targets (W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2004). With such potential, the system enables identification of the barriers between different funding sources and different sectors.

Ways in Which the System Can be Tested and Validated

There are different ways of testing systems. Examples of those that can be used are; the phase deployment and overlap system deployment. Phase deployment is testing in a small part or department of an organization and evaluating the results. From such implementation; the challenges and benefits will be identified, the organization will be experienced, and better ways will be developed to implement the system. Overlap system deployment is where the two systems work alongside each other for some time. This way the old system supports the organization, while the new one is being tested before full implementation (Dreikorn, 2004).


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