In September 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton asked former President Jimmy Carter to undertake a mission to negotiate the departure of Haiti's military leaders, paving the way for the restoration of Jean-Bertrande Aristide as president. The Carter Center also observed Haiti's elections in 1990 and continues to monitor the evolution of democracy and prospects for development there, sending delegations in 1995 and 2000.
A primary goal of The Carter Center is to promote peace throughout the world. In the early 1990s, Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown by the military, and great civil unrest ensued. The Carter Center was there, offering a calm voice amid the disquiet.
In September 2008, The Carter Center, in partnership with the Dominican Republic and Haiti, launched a historic 18-month initiative to help the two countries and their other partners accelerate the elimination of two devastating mosquito-borne infections — malaria and lymphatic filariasis — from Hispaniola. As long as lymphatic filariasis and malaria exist on any part of these two nations' shared island, they will threaten the rest of the Caribbean with devastating human and economic consequences.
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(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2013)