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Carter Center Congratulates Winners of Nobel Prize for Medicine

The Carter Center and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter congratulate the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine, who discovered drugs that have prevented needless suffering for countless millions of people. William C. Campbell, Satoshi Omura, and Youyou Tu are heroes in the truest sense of the word, saving lives through medicine. The Carter Center has been distributing Mectizan, donated by Merck, to help eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis for nearly 20 years. More than 225 million treatments of Mectizan have been distributed in Latin America and Africa. The Center also has worked to prevent malaria in Ethiopia, Hispaniola, and Nigeria. Through tenacity and ingenuity, these scientists have brought hope to millions of the world's poorest people, who no longer need to bear the additional burden of these diseases.


"Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope."
A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

Carter Center River Blindness Elimination Program

Carter Center Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program

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