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Update from the field: Nepal Teams Monitor Voter Registration

Watch the Carter Center’s Far Western Region team observing voter registration for upcoming national and local elections in Nepal and discussing their work. Since 2009, The Carter Center has monitored and reported on issues related to Nepal’s peace process. The Center’s long-term observers are deployed throughout the country and often travel to remote communities to gain an understanding of local perspectives.

Carter Center and CDC Experts Participate in Google+ Hangout to Discuss Progress to Eliminate River Blindness from Americas

Carter Center and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts discuss the latest updates on the campaign to wipe out a debilitating parasitic disease, river blindness (onchocerciasis) from the Western Hemisphere via Google+ Hangout On Air.
Participants include:

Dr. Mark Eberhard, senior microbiologist, CDC Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria
Dr. Frank Richards, director, Carter Center River Blindness

Carter Center Long-Term Impact in Nepal Rooted in Local Encounters

Author: Ben Dunant, Carter Center observer in Nepal. Since 2009, The Carter Center has monitored and reported on topics related to Nepal’s peace process. The Center’s long-term observers often travel to remote communities to gain an understanding of citizen perspectives, and they are currently reporting on local governance issues.

ABATE and the Crocodile

There is no vaccine or medicine to fight Guinea worm disease; instead, The Carter Center uses four main interventions to lead the international campaign against the debilitating parasite:

Teaching people to filter potentially infested water to remove Guinea worm-carrying copepods
Educating people with emerging Guinea worms to avoid public water sources, such as ponds, to prevent contaminating them
Empowering village

Carter Center Receives Ronald McDonald House Charities Grant for Mental Health Work in Liberia

One Liberia’s first mental health clinicians, primary care nurse, Quendi Appleton celebrates receiving her diploma from the Carter Center’s Post-Basic Mental Health Training Program in August 2011. The training program is part of a partnership between The Carter Center and the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare that has dramatically improved access to desperately needed mental health services in

Jordan Elections Offer a Test of Recent Reforms

Jordan’s Jan. 23 parliamentary elections are taking place in a climate of uncertainty, due to dissatisfaction with the pace of electoral reform and frustration with the state of the economy. In late-November there were demonstrations against the monarch, sparked by a sharp increase in gas prices. The upcoming parliamentary elections are the first after a series of limited electoral reforms were implemented. A small Carter Center study team is in Jordan to assess several key political and electoral reform issues.

Nigerian Village Prevents, Treats Schistosomiasis

Lindsay Rakers is a senior program associate for The Carter Center.

Eight years ago, the urine of 12-year-old Jude Ogwu was consistently red from blood. His father, chief of Aboh, a village in southeast Nigeria, took him to the hospital for treatment but received none. The hospital lacked medicine and the resources needed to treat Ogwu, who was suffering from …

It’s the End of the World…for Guinea Worm Disease

The staff of Asclepius, an ancient symbol of medicine, is believed to be inspired by Guinea worm disease.

It’s the horrific plague, the “fiery serpent” of the Bible, found in Egyptian mummies, and may be the inspiration of the modern symbol for medicine. Found today only in the most isolated and neglected communities of the world, Guinea worm disease once …

School Girl Helps Family Fight Trachoma

Stewart was a summer 2012 graduate assistant for the Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program. She traveled to Ethiopia to help survey families about the Center’s trachoma prevention activities in partnership with the local communities.

Azmera Yogzaw(Photo: A. Stewart/Carter Center)

We met 13-year-old Azmera Yogzaw in the community of Chals, Ethiopia during a trachoma program impact assessment. Chals is a small …

Election Observers Aim to “Illuminate” the Process in Sierra Leone

Nick Jahr is among eight long-term observers deployed to Sierra Leone as part of the Center’s observation of the Nov. 17, 2012, presidential and parliamentary elections.

Sierra Leone’s last election was a historic one: the first time the country’s opposition took power more or less peacefully. This also will be a landmark of another sort: the first election conducted solely …