The Center has worked in Haiti for over two decades supporting the country's evolution of democracy and prospects for development. The Carter Center also works with ministries of health in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic to reduce suffering from malaria and lymphatic filariasis on the countries' shared island, Hispaniola.
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)