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Fighting Disease: Sudan


The Carter Center has worked with the people of Sudan since 1986 to help them resolve conflict, negotiate peace, increase crop production, and prevent or eliminate devastating neglected diseases.


Eradicating Guinea Worm Disease

Current Status: Indigenous transmission stopped 2002
Certification of Dracunculiasis Elimination: Pending

Current Guinea worm case reports >

Since 1995, The Carter Center has assisted Sudan's Guinea Worm Eradication Program. Since 2002, no indigenous cases have been reported in Sudan (the sovereign area established after the 2011 referendum). Read full text >


Eliminating River Blindness

For additional information and updates on the program activities below, read the latest issue of Eye of the Eagle.

The Carter Center began assisting Sudan's River Blindness (onchocerciasis) Program in 1995, formally establishing a presence in 1997 after the Center secured funding from the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Since then, the Center has worked with the government, other nongovernmental organizations, and the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control, under the umbrella of the National Onchocerciasis Task Force, to establish community-based treatment programs, which raise awareness in villages and enable the distribution of Mectizan® (ivermectin, donated by Merck). Read full text >


Controlling Trachoma

Since 1999, The Carter Center has assisted Sudan's Trachoma Control Program in collaboration with the government, nongovernmental organizations, and funding partners. This collective effort has enabled trachoma prevalence mapping, as well as implementation of intervention strategies. Read full text >


Increasing Food Production

The Carter Center worked in Sudan from 1986 to 1992 to teach small-scale farm families superior farming techniques to increase grain crop yields. Led by the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, the program was a joint venture between The Carter Center and the Sasakawa Africa Association. The program provided farmers with credit for fertilizers and enhanced seeds to grow test plots, often yielding 200 to 400 percent more crops. Participating farmers went on to teach others, creating a ripple effect to stimulate self-sufficiency.  One notable success was for the period from 1985-1986 to 1991-1992, when wheat production increased by over 950 percent compared to the base year 1984-1985 and met country demand in 1991-1992.

Additionally, the program identified less costly, more efficient harvesting methods and local markets for these surpluses. The five-year project in Sudan was completed in 1992.

Read more about the Carter Center's agriculture work — with the Sasakawa Africa Association — in Sudan.  

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Shuluk woman blinded by trachoma.
Carter Center Photo: J. Zingeser
A Shilluk woman is blinded by trachoma in South Sudan. The World Health Organization estimates 6 million people, mostly women, are blind because of this preventable disease. To prevent more women and men from suffering painful and irreversible blindness, The Carter Center and partners promote the SAFE strategy in trachoma-endemic countries.