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Carter Center 2011 Peace and Health Feature Stories

Read stories of lives changed by the Center's commitment to creating a world in which every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to enjoy good health and live in peace.

Dec. 13, 2011
The Carter Center: 2011 In Review
The Carter Center improved the lives of women, men, and children around the world in 2011 by reaching milestones in the fight to eradicate Guinea worm disease, monitoring historic elections, defending human rights, and championing mental health.

Oct. 24, 2011
Carter Center Observes as Tunisians Cast Historic Votes for Brighter Future (Slideshow)
Long lines of Tunisians waited for hours to vote on Sunday to choose 217 members of a Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution – many casting a ballot for the first time in their lives – in the country's first open and competitive election in decades.


Oct. 21, 2011
The Carter Center Answers Your Questions About the Historic Oct. 23 Tunisia Elections
The Carter Center will observe the Oct. 23 vote in Tunisia - the first Arab Spring country to hold elections - for a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution.  A selection of questions submitted online are answered below by Carter Center observers on the ground in Tunisia.


Oct. 3, 2011
On the Ground in Northwest Tunisia: Rural Voters Hope Elections Bring Much-Needed Change
La bas alaik" and "ca va," means "are you well," one phrase said in Arabic, and one in French. These two greetings are indicative of the complexity that one immediately notices upon reaching northwest Tunisia.


May 23, 2011
10 Million Bed Nets Help Worst-Affected Communities in Nigeria and Ethiopia Fight Malaria
A mother's lullabies and soft caress are common nighttime rituals for children around the world. But throughout Africa, these soothing efforts cannot spare a child the high fevers, wracking chills, nausea, and headache of malaria–a potentially fatal disease.


Aug. 5, 2011
Sadi Moussa: Public Health Worker Begins Third Decade of Improving Lives, Battling Guinea Worm and Trachoma in Mali
"I think I have something to share with another country" says Sadi Moussa, explaining why he recently relocated to Mali to help tackle public health problems after almost two decades doing similar work in his home country of Niger.


May 1, 2011
Southern Sudan Votes for Secession
As the sun rose across Juba on Jan. 9, Lulogo Market area resident Ibrahim, 33, had already waited in line for hours to be among the first to vote in Southern Sudan's historic referendum on self-determination. He clutched a small radio with antenna pointed toward the sky to hear news fragments from BBC and local stations about the referendum.


May 1, 2011
Maltra Success Measured in Millions
Twice a year, thousands of health workers and volunteers walk the countryside of Amhara region, Ethiopia, for a week. Their quest: treat every person at risk for the potentially blinding eye infection trachoma and screen as needed for malaria. In this Q&A, Paul Emerson, director of the Center's Trachoma Control Program, explains the remarkable results of these "Maltra"—malaria and trachoma—weeks.


May 1, 2011
Liberia Advances Toward Open Records
Philomena Bloh-Sayeh is surrounded by mounds of documents in boxes stacked on shelves.  "These are marriage documents," she says.  "You'll see gaps in the years where some of them were lost during the war."


May 1, 2011
Michael Biesecker: Journalism Fellow Chronicles Abuse, Fraud in North Carolina
Reporter Michael Biesecker's coverage of mental health issues began with a high-speed car chase following a robbery. In the course of Biesecker's investigation, he found that although the driver was in a psychotic state two weeks before the crime, he had been turned away from the state's psychiatric hospital.


May 1, 2011
Thon Mayom: Case Containment Center Offers Hope, Relief for Boy
At bedtime, under a blue mosquito net, two boys lie on a mat and whisper secrets from the day just passed. Six-year-old Thon Mayom falls asleep quickly. He is exhausted from two sessions that day to treat a worm emerging from his knee. His 5-year-old brother, Mawut, drifts off to sleep too. His job is to look after his big brother during the difficult treatment.


May 1, 2011
Jozefa Ortiz Rosa: Medication Restores Sight, Brings Hope to Grandmother
When Jozefa Ortiz Rosa of Tarrales, Guatemala, started losing her vision, she worried about her future. Her husband had died years before, leaving her with six children to raise and a coffee crop to tend. Her older children had taken over the farming, but she still needed to care for her younger children and grandchildren.


April 11, 2011
Return Visit Confirms Family's Continued Vigilance Against Trachoma
Paul Emerson entered the modest hut unannounced, knowing what he was hoping to find, but ready for anything.Emerson — director of the Carter Center's Trachoma Control Program — had visited this family before. In 2005, he had accompanied President and Mrs. Carter to Mosebo village, northwest Ethiopia, to help launch a comprehensive trachoma initiative in the region. A 3-year-old girl had charmed the Carters when she showed them her very own latrine, which would help keep the flies that transmit trachoma from breeding.


March 14, 2011
As River Blindness Declines, Health Education Intensifies
Standing in the courtyard of his school in El Xab, Guatemala, his eyes blindfolded, a boy swings a large pole toward a flyshaped piñata. Schoolmates cheer for the boy, who looks about 9 years old. His friends hope that one well-placed strike will smash the fly, releasing oodles of candy. The adults in charge hope the children leave with something more than a handful of treats.


Feb. 17, 2011
Guinea Worm Disease Campaign Nears Eradication Goal
Former U.S. President and Carter Center Founder Jimmy Carter announced today that only three endemic countries remain in the fight against Guinea worm disease, poised to be only the second disease in history—after smallpox—to be eradicated.


Feb. 14, 2011
Nigerian Family Fights Malaria With Carter Center Help
The 2010 launch of a new Carter Center-supported initiative is helping the Azi family and millions of other Nigerians receive greater access to malaria control and prevention, building the opportunity for a healthier future for the entire nation.


Jan. 24, 2011
Carter Center Observers Witness Southern Sudan's Referendum on Self-Determination
Carter Center observers witnessed the birth of what is expected to be the world's newest nation, following Southern Sudan's Jan. 9-15 referendum on self-determination, with an overwhelming majority--a reported 98.9 percent--voting for secession from Sudan.  The final results will be announced in February.



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