World Health Day

World Health Day 2019: Advancing Health for All

World Health Day calls on world leaders to commit to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll. We are looking toward a day when everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services.

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This day is especially meaningful for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people whom The Carter Center serves. These are the people who lack even the most basic access to health care. When they fall victim to diseases like river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis, it is not just pain that threatens them, but also disability, stigma, and a permanent loss of livelihood. 

Founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter more than 35 years ago, The Carter Center brings proven, low-cost solutions to developing nations so they can eliminate disease and free themselves to end a cycle of poverty.

We are in the final stages of ending Guinea worm disease forever. In 1986, the disease afflicted an estimated 3.5 million people a year in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. But today, thanks to the support of partners like you, cases are down by more than 99.99 percent — just 28 in 2018.

You can take our efforts even further on this World Health Day. By getting involved now, you can help millions of people who have nowhere else to turn.

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