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2023 International Task Force for Disease Eradication Media Coverage

Smallpox: Gone but Not Forgotten

Published by Pushkin

Hear from the Carter Center's Donald Hopkins as he takes us back to the 1960s in Sierra Leone, where he discovered that successfully eradicating smallpox could be a feasible goal worldwide. Learn more »

Involvement of Employees and Former Employees of CDC in the Early Years of The Carter Center and Impact on Direction the Center Took in Global Health (PDF)

This historical review was produced by National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)’s CDC Chapter 1419 in collaboration with many CDC retirees and The Carter Center and the Task Force for Global Health. Manuscript development was led by Elvin Hilyer and Chapter 1419 President Elaine Gunter. Learn more »

Summary of the 35nd Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, 2–3 May 2023

Published by WHO’s Weekly Epidemiology Record, 2023, 98, 327–334.

The 35th meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication (ITFDE) was convened in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, on 2–3 May 2023 to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on eradication and elimination programmes. The meeting was a follow-up to one in October 2020 on the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pillars of effective public health programmes and the result if delivery of necessary effective public health programmes to underserved populations was impeded. Learn more »

Health Policy Watch: Bringing Neglected Tropical Diseases out of the Silo

Published by Health Policy Watch.

According to a report last week by The Carter Center, great progress toward eliminating guinea worm has been made, with the number of human cases annually falling from 3.5 million in the mid-1980s to just 13 cases in 2022, poising it to become the second disease in human history that could be eradicated altogether. Learn more »

World NTD Day 2023 Video

Jan. 30, 2023, marked the fourth annual World NTD Day, highlighting the global community’s commitment to ending neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that cause immeasurable suffering among the world’s most marginalized communities. Together The Carter Center and our partners celebrated hard-earned progress to #EndtheNeglect and #BeatNTDs. Learn more »

VOA: WHO: Over 1.6B People Infected with Neglected Tropical Diseases

Published by Voice of America.

According to the Carter Center, there were only 13 human cases of Guinea worm disease last year, pushing the illness closer to eradication. The Atlanta-based center was co-founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter. Learn more »

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