Watch Archived Webcast: Neglected Tropical Diseases
and Bringing Up the Bottom Billion



Neglected tropical diseases afflict the poorest of the poor in some of the world's most remote and isolated communities. Yet they are not as obscure as many people think – the blinding bacterial disease trachoma existed in the United States and Europe until the early-20th century, and river blindness was brought to the Americas from Africa through the slave trade. Through nearly three decades of work at the grassroots, The Carter Center has seen firsthand how fighting these horrific, yet easily preventable illnesses can make a tremendous impact on poverty and improve overall global health.


  • Dr. Donald R. Hopkins, vice president for health programs, The Carter Center
  • Dr. Frank O. Richards, director, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, Schistosomiasis Control Program, and Malaria Control Program, The Carter Center
  • Kane Farabaugh (moderator), Voice of America correspondent


About Conversations at The Carter Center
Conversations brings you up close with Carter Center experts, policy makers, and other special guests to discuss the issues that shape your world. All Conversations are webcast live and archived on the Center's website. Events are held at The Carter Center, Ivan Allen III Pavilion.

Other Conversations this season focus on achieving a lasting peace in the Sudans, using technology for peace, discussing the legacy of human rights abuses during Argentina's Dirty War, and fighting neglected tropical diseases at the grassroots. View the entire 2013-2014 Conversations at The Carter Center season schedule >


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