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CNN | ‘He Never Ceases to Surprise Us’: Celebrating 99 Years of Jimmy Carter

As former U.S. President Jimmy Carter turns 99 some seven months after he entered hospice, the CEO of The Carter Center, Paige Alexander, reflects on his life and legacy. Learn more »

The Guardian | Jimmy Carter to Celebrate 99th Birthday with Digital Mosaic from Well-wishers

The Carter Center is celebrating President Carter's 99th birthday in a unique way. More than 14,000 people have submitted birthday messages and pictures for a digital mosaic honoring Carter’s life and legacy. Learn more »

Time | Jimmy Carter's Secret to Living to 99, According to His Grandson

As Jimmy Carter, America’s longest-living president, turns 99 on Oct. 1, his grandson shares what he believes is the secret to his grandfather’s long life: exercise. Learn more »

NBC Today Show | Jimmy Carter Turns 99: 4 Longevity Lessons From the Former President’s Long Life

“They’re coming to the end, but they’re together,” says grandson Jason Carter. “And this is exactly as you would want this last chapter to play out.” Learn more »

GMA3 | Jimmy Carter’s Grandson Pays Tribute Ahead of His 99th Birthday

Published by GMA3

Former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson and Center Board Chair Jason Carter pays tribute to his grandfather and provides an update on his health. President Carter turns 99 on Oct. 1. Learn more »

BBC News | Zimbabwe Election President Rejects Election Criticism (Interview with Democracy Program Director David Carroll)

Published by BBC.

Carter Center expert David Carroll, who leads the Center’s initiative on standards and best practices in international election observation, discusses Zimbabwe’s election and key findings from Carter Center observers. Learn more »

Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander Is 'Willing to Go Where Others Are Not'

Published by Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Atlanta Business Chronicle names Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander a recipient of their Most Admired CEO Awards which highlight leaders who propel the performance of their organization and strengthen the fabric of the Atlanta community. Learn more »

State Affairs Georgia | A Year after Passage, More is Happening with the Mental Health Parity Act Than You Think. (PDF)

Published by State Affairs Georgia.

Eve Byrd, director of Mental Health Programs for the Carter Center, said her team has made some recommendations for improving the insurance department’s new site, “so that it’s more consumer-friendly and includes language accessibility, which is mandated in the Parity Act.” Learn more »

Carter Center Celebrates Trachoma Elimination Milestone in Mali

Published by Voice of America.

In May, the World Health Organization certified that the countries of Benin and Mali had eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. Six countries in Africa have reached that milestone. The Carter Center believes its program in Mali has helped avert blindness in more than 5 million people, and the antibiotics used to combat trachoma also help prevent infant mortality, the Center said. Learn more »

Newsweek: Paige Alexander Op-ed: Women, Youth Hold Key to Peace in Sudan

Published by Newsweek.

A deadly competition between two rival generals in Sudan has derailed anticipated prospects for a transition to civilian rule. As always, it is the Sudanese people who are paying the price, with hundreds of civilians killed or wounded, and more than a million people internally displaced or crossing as refugees into neighboring countries. Learn more »

Blank Foundation, One of the South’s Biggest Philanthropies, Puts Focus on Housing, Environment, and More

Published by Philanthropy.

While the plan for the foundation’s mental health and well being is not final, it has made some awards that signal its approach. Among them: a $500,000 grant to the Carter Center to ensure landmark mental-health legislation signed into law in 2022 in Georgia helps as many state residents as possible. Blank, who is also owner of the Atlanta Falcons football and Atlanta United soccer teams, has had a long relationship with former president Jimmy Carter, said Paige Alexander, the Carter Center’s chief executive. She credited the Blank foundation with “seeing what’s on the horizon” and understanding that Covid has had an impact on the mental health of people from all walks of life. Learn more »

People: Rosalynn Carter’s Tireless Advocacy on Topics of Mental Health and Caregiving Comes Full Circle

The former first lady's public dementia diagnosis is keeping mental health and caregiving — two topics she's dedicated her career to — at the forefront of the American conversation. Learn more »

ABC News: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Diagnosed With Dementia

The wife of former President Jimmy Carter “continues to live happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring ... and visits with loved ones,” the Carter Center said. Learn more »

GPB: Rosalynn Carter Has Worked Decades to Reduce the Stigma of Mental Illness. Here's a Timeline

Mrs. Carter has been the nation’s leading mental health advocate for more than half a century — first in the Georgia governor’s mansion, then in the White House and later at The Carter Center. Learn more »

The Carter Center Continues its Work to Eradicate a Blinding Bacterial Infection

Published by WABE.

Recently, The Carter Center announced that trachoma is no longer a public health problem in Mali. Kelly Callahan, the director of The Carter Center's Trachoma Control Program, stated that people simply need access to resources and tools that will change their lives. In this episode of WABE's “Closer Look” with Rose Scott, Callahan discusses the Center's global fight to eliminate the highly contagious, preventable tropical disease. Learn more »

AARP: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Has Dementia

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, 95, has dementia, the Carter family announced on May 30. Dementia, which is not a disease but rather a cluster of symptoms that impact thinking and memory skills severely enough to interfere with daily life, affects about 1 in 10 older Americans. Learn more »

Good Morning America: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Diagnosed with Dementia, Carter Center Announces

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has been diagnosed with dementia, The Carter Center announced on Tuesday. "She continues to live happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring in Plains and visits with loved ones," The Carter Center said in a statement. Learn more »

New York Times: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Has Dementia

Rosalynn Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter and a longtime advocate for greater access to mental health care, has dementia, the Carter Center said on Tuesday. The announcement came just over three months after it said that Jimmy Carter, 98, had entered hospice care at the couple’s home in Plains, Ga. Learn more »

PBS NewsHour: How Rosalynn Carter Reduced Stigma Around Mental Health

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been diagnosed with dementia. That news comes about three months after it was announced her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, was moving into hospice care. Caregiving has been a major focus of Mrs. Carter’s life and work. William Brangham looks at that legacy and the impact dementia has on millions of families. Learn more »

Gates Foundation: President Jimmy Carter, Champion of Global Health

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been a longtime source of inspiration, counsel, and wisdom to many in the global health community. For decades, he has led the campaign to make Guinea worm disease the second-ever human disease (after smallpox) to be eradicated, and he has championed many other health causes, from the elimination of several other neglected tropical diseases to mental health and HIV/AIDs. Learn more »

LA Times: Jimmy Carter’s Final Foe: A Parasitic Worm That Preyed on Millions in Africa and Asia

Just a few hours before President Carter underwent his first radiation treatment for brain cancer, he spoke of his hope, in the time he had left, to purge the world of a parasitic worm disease. That was in 2015. “I’d like the last Guinea worm to die before I do,” the 39th president told reporters at the Carter Center. Learn more »

VOA: Global Guinea Worm Infections Continue Downward Trend

Published by Voice of America.

“We had six human cases in Chad, five human cases in South Sudan, and one in Ethiopia and one in the Central African Republic on the border with Chad,” Adam Weiss, director of the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program, told VOA during a recent Skype interview. 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 »

VOA Learning English: Despite Success, More Work to be Done Fighting Guinea Worm

Published by Voice of America.

The Carter Center said recently that only 13 human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported worldwide last year. That is a major drop from 3.5 million cases of infected people in 1986. Audio package: Learn more »

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Carter, King Centers Call for ‘Dialogue’ in Atlanta Training Center Conflict

A week after the death of a protester marked a new, deadly milestone in the turbulent saga surrounding Atlanta’s new public safety training center, the conflict continues to elicit commentary from far and wide. Learn more »

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Carter Center Sees Hope in Fewest Cases Ever of Guinea Worm Disease

Adam Weiss, director of the Carter Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program, saw his first case of Guinea worm disease as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2003. “I had never heard of Guinea worm before arriving in Ghana,” he said. Learn more »

As It Happens with Nil Köksal, Chris Howden: Doctors Have Nearly Eradicated a 'Terrifying' Disease — Without a Cure or Vaccine

When doctors first started trying to eradicate Guinea worm disease nearly four decades ago, more than 3.5 million people were infected. Last year, that number dropped to 13. Donald R. Hopkins, a special advisor for Guinea worm eradication at the Carter Center, tells As It Happens host Nil Köksal how they did it. Learn more »

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Carter Center: Guinea Worm Disease One Step Closer to Eradication

When the Carter Center assumed leadership of the global Guinea Worm Eradication Program in 1986, about 3.5 million people in Africa and Asia were afflicted with the debilitating illness caused by the parasite. Learn more »

The Guardian: Guinea Worm Disease Could be Second Ever Human Illness to be Eradicated

The number of cases of a painful and debilitating tropical illness fell last year to a record low, fuelling hopes that it will soon become the second human disease in history to be eradicated. Only 13 cases of guinea worm disease were reported worldwide in 2022, a provisional figure that if confirmed would be the smallest ever documented, the US-based Carter Center has said. Learn more »

The World: The Difficult 'Last Mile' Eradicating Guinea Worm Disease

The World's host Marco Werman speaks with Adam Weiss, director of the Carter Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program. The Carter Center says Guinea worm disease is close to be eradicated. Only 13 human cases were reported worldwide last year. Learn more »

Associated Press: Guinea Worm Eradication Effort Enters ‘Most Difficult’ Phase

“We are truly in the midst of that last mile and experiencing firsthand that it is going to be a very long and arduous last mile,” Adam Weiss, director of The Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program, told The Associated Press. “Not so much as it taking more than the next seven years – five to seven years – but just knowing that it’s going to be a slow roll to get to zero.” Learn more »

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards The Carter Center Grant for Advancing Mental Health in Georgia

In response to the growing mental health crisis in America, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has made the first round of grants from its new Mental Health and Well-Being giving area, totaling more than $5 million. Learn more »

Latin America Advisor: Jennie Lincoln: 2023 Will Bring ‘More Challenges of Polarized Politics’ to Latin America

Carter Center's Jennie Lincoln, senior advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, shares her thoughts on what 2023 has in store for Latin America. Learn more »

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