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Major Media Highlights of Carter Center Work

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Africa Eye War Waged on River Blindness
Financial Times

Roy Vagelos remembers the thrill in the 1980s when he saw test results of his company’s prototype drug against river blindness and the parasitic worm, Onchocerca volvulus, that causes pain, scarring and blindness in hundreds of thousands of people across Africa and Central and South America.

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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
The World is Closer Than Ever to Eradicating Guinea Worm
The Washington Post

A year ago, when former president Jimmy Carter told the world that he had been diagnosed with cancer, he announced a dying wish: He wanted the last Guinea worm to die before he did. Carter was referring to a parasite that plagued 3.5 million people across 21 African countries as recently as 1986.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
How Worm Warriors Are Beating An Unbeatable Worm
National Public Radio, “Goats and Soda”

How do you get rid of river blindness? It's all about the worm.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter: Stop Segregating Georgia Students with Disabilities
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In this essay, former first lady Rosalynn Carter writes on behalf of the Georgia Coalition for Equity in Education about the U.S. Justice Department’s charge the state is illegally segregating students with disabilities in separate and substandard schools that isolate the children from peers..

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Jimmy, Rosalynn Carter Mark 70 Years 'Even Closer Together'
Associated Press

When doctors told Jimmy Carter they had found four small tumors on his brain, the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, feared his life could end within weeks.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Protests and State Violence: A Talk with Jimmy Carter
Al Jazeera

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is calling on governments to rethink how they solve some of the biggest problems of today, urging them to look for nonviolent solutions. The topic was a major theme at the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
International Women's Day: Reflecting on Progress Made and Challenges Still Unmet
Huffington Post

In Honor of International Women's Day, former first lady Rosalynn Carter answered a series of questions about her experiences in the movement for women's rights.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Jimmy Carter Hopeful for Guinea Worm Eradication in Africa
Associated Press

Former US President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career. Carter has led a campaign since 1986 through his foundation, the Carter Center, to rid the world of the once-widespread disease.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Going, going…
The Economist

It looks like something out of a Gothic movie: a metre-long monster that emerges slowly through blistered human skin, its victim writhing in agony. No one is spared. It can creep out from between the toes of a child or from the belly of a pregnant woman. In the mid-1980s Dracunculus medinensis, the Guinea worm, as this horror is called, afflicted 3.5m people a year in 20 countries in Africa and Asia.

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Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Jimmy Carter: Full Interview with John Humphrys
BBC Radio's Today Programme

Jimmy Carter is the peanut farmer from Georgia who became the president of the United States. After leaving the White House, he set up the Carter Centre, which works to advance human rights and help eradicate diseases that have plagued some of the world's poorest people for centuries. He spoke to John Humphrys about his campaign to eradicate guinea worm disease and his take on the state of modern US politics.

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Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
Progress in Jimmy Carter's Quest to End Guinea Worm Disease
The New York Times

Only 22 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2015, the Carter Center announced last week, a significant drop from the 126 cases reported in 2014.

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Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
The World Has Never Eradicated a Parasite. But Jimmy Carter is About To.

President Jimmy Carter has spent the past 30 years waging a war to eradicate Guinea worm – a battle he is incredibly close to winning.

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