The Carter Center has worked with Venezuelans since 1996 to help eliminate a debilitating disease called river blindness and since 1998, has observed elections, conducted media training, and undertaken conflict resolution efforts to strengthen peace and democracy there.
The Carter Center observed elections in Venezuela in 1998 and 2000 and joined with the OAS and U.N. Development Program to help mediate a 2002 political crisis between the government and opposition groups that temporarily removed President Hugo Chavez from office. The mediation led to a recall referendum, which the Center also was invited to observe. The Center has continued for more than a decade to study the nation's electoral processes, to train media in nonpartisan reporting practices, and to foster dialogue between Venezuela and its Andean neighbors.
Together with its partners, The Carter Center and the Venezuela Ministry of Health are intensifying efforts to reach the isolated and nomadic Yanomami communities in the Amazon rain forest.