Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been named the 2012 recipient of the CDC Foundation’s Hero Award. The foundation honored President Carter for three decades of visionary leadership focused on saving lives, reducing suffering, and providing hope for millions of the world’s poorest people, as well as for his commitment to achieving a more peaceful and healthy world for us all.
“President Carter’s vision and leadership have improved health, reduced suffering, and increased the security of millions of people throughout the world,” says Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director.
The Carter Center spearheads the international campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, which has seen case reductions of more than 99.9 percent from 3.5 million cases in 1986 to fewer than 1,100 cases last year. The Center also collaborates with CDC and other international partners on efforts to eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis), and to control the spread of malaria, schistosomiasis, and trachoma.