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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter addresses Ghanaian children outside Savelugu Hospital, asking

Place: Savelugu, Ghana
Date: Feb. 8, 2007
Credit: The Carter Center

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter addresses Ghanaian children outside Savelugu Hospital, asking "Who here has had Guinea worm disease?" Amid the scorching heat of peak dry season, President Carter visited the parched community of Savelugu to meet with dozens of Guinea worm disease victims in an effort to bring global attention to Ghana's growing Guinea worm epidemic caused by inadequate water supply in the country.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter addresses Ghanaian children outside Savelugu Hospital, asking Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter tries to comfort 6-year-old Ruhama Issah at Savelugu Hospital as a Carter Center technical assistant dresses Issah's extremely painful Guinea worm wound.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, watch as a Guinea worm health worker dresses a child's extremely painful Guinea worm wound. President and Mrs. Carter help measure people's heights to determine how many Mectizan® treatments should be received to prevent the parasitic disease river blindness.
President Carter learns about the suffering of two patients with swollen legs and feet, symptomatic of lymphatic filariasis infection. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Carter Center CEO and President John Hardman measure a little girl's height to gauge the accurate medication needed to prevent schistosomiasis.
Fusheni Nazeed, the local trachoma health worker in the Tingoli area, demonstrates for the Carters how trachoma can be prevented with the simple act of regular hand-washing. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Carter Center Board of Trustees Chair John Moores, and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter observe a young Ethiopian girl while she washes her face to prevent the bacterial eye disease trachoma.
President and Mrs. Carter give a long-lasting insecticidal bed net, which prevents malaria, to Mrs. Hlmenlike, who hosted the Carters in her home during their tour of the Center's health work in the remote village of Afeta in southwest Ethiopia.
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