February 11, 2010, 7:57 pm
By The Carter Center
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Central Equatoria State Governor Clement Wani Konga, and Commissioner Clement Maring Samuel today urged intensification of efforts to wipe out Guinea worm disease–a waterborne parasitic infection–in the remote village of Molujore, Terekeka County, Southern Sudan. The village visit was followed by a press conference at the Assembly Hall in Juba, with representatives from Sudan’s Ministry of Health.
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President Carter was joined by a Carter Center health delegation including Dr. John Hardman, Carter Center president and CEO, Dr. Donald Hopkins, vice president of Health Programs, and Richard Blum, a member of the Carter Center’s Board of Trustees.
ALL PHOTOS: THE CARTER CENTER/LOUISE GUBB
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrives in Molujore village, Southern Sudan.
Carter Center CEO and President Dr. John Hardman greets elderly villagers who arrived early on the day of the Carter Center health delegation visit to this Guinea worm-endemic area.
Carter Center Vice President of Health Programs Dr. Donald R. Hopkins demonstrates the use of a pipe filter to children in the Guinea worm-endemic village of Molujore.
President Carter admires the bull given to him by the Paramount Chief Andrea Wani Kipi of Reggo Payam. The gift of a bull is a traditional symbol of welcoming an honored guest into the protection of the village.
President Carter, holding a pipe filter--used to strain out infective Guinea worm larvae from drinking water--visits Southern Sudan to review progress in the Carter Center's efforts to eradicate Guinea worm disease. He is joined by Makoy Samuel Yibi, director of Southern Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program.
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