Fighting Disease: Mali
Guinea Worm Eradication Program
Current Status: Endemic
Indigenous cases reported in 2014: 40*
In 1992, The Carter Center began working with the Ministry of Health to eradicate Guinea worm disease in Mali. Since then, the Mali Guinea Worm Eradication Program has reduced the number of cases from 16,024 to 40* cases reported in 2014. Read full text >
Since 1999, The Carter Center has supported the Mali Ministry of Health's National Prevention of Blindness Program to control trachoma, focusing on facial cleanliness and environmental change in Segou and Mopti regions. In late 2008, the Mali National Prevention of Blindness Program engaged its partners to create a plan to eliminate trachoma nationwide by 2015. In response, The Carter Center expanded assistance to implement SAFE strategy interventions in Segou, Mopti, and Sikasso regions with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. SAFE is a multi-pronged approach to trachoma prevention that includes: Surgery, Antibiotics, Face washing and hygiene education, and Environmental improvement. Read full text >
Led by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, a joint venture between The Carter Center and the Sasakawa Africa Association helped farmers in Mali improve agricultural production. The program provided farmers with credit for fertilizers and enhanced seeds to grow test plots, which often yielded 200 to 400 percent more than crops grown using traditional methods. Participating farmers went on to teach others, creating a ripple effect to stimulate self-sufficiency.
The program was part of a larger initiative that helped over 8 million small-scale sub-Saharan African farmers in countries where malnutrition is a constant threat.
The Carter Center ended its agricultural activities in Mali in 2011.