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Jimmy Carter, New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, and Carter Center’s Donald Hopkins Cover Global Health Challenges in New Conversations on Google+ Series

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President Carter participates in the Conversations on Google+ event, “Global Health: How We Can Make a Difference” from The Carter Center in Atlanta. He was joined by New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof, in New York, and Carter Center Vice President for Health Programs Dr. Donald Hopkins, in Chicago.

ATLANTA… On Sept. 10, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, and Carter Center disease eradication expert Dr. Donald R. Hopkins held a special video chat, “Global Health: How We Can Make a Difference,” to kick off a new series called Conversations on Google+ launching later this fall.

Leading up to the event, from Sept. 4-10, President Carter and Mr. Kristof participated in online discussions on the social media platform Google+ and offered their ideas for progress on how in times of insecurity we can still tackle global health including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Read President Carter and Mr. Kristof’s discussion on the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Community on Google+.



NTDs are a group of 17 illnesses that affect more 500 million children and more than 1 billion people worldwide. Often found in the world’s most disadvantaged communities, NTDs can cause severe disability, robbing people of the opportunity to improve their own lives. Children suffering from NTDs often cannot attend school, and adult sufferers may be less able to work, harvest food, or care for their families. The Carter Center is a leader in the eradication, elimination, and control of NTDs, fighting six preventable diseases — Guinea worm, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria — by using health education and simple, low-cost methods.



President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center in 1986 in partnership with Emory University to alleviate suffering worldwide. A long time champion of campaigns to wipe out neglected diseases, in 2002, President Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development” through his work with the Center.


Nicholas D. Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Op-Ed columnist of The New York Times, best known for writing about poverty, disease, and marginalization around the world.


Dr. Donald R. Hopkins is the Carter Center’s vice president for health programs and a former interim director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A medical doctor, he is internationally recognized for his work on NTDs and disease eradication, including smallpox and Guinea worm disease.

About Google+ :

Google+ is a sharing and communications platform that brings your real-world friendships and relationships online for a fun, interactive experience—as well as lets you make new friends and connections with people who share your passions and interests. Much more than a social network, Google+ makes it even easier to use other Google products, share content, and use integrated text and video chat—all for free.

About The Carter Center:

A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers in developing nations to increase crop production. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

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  • 1

    Radha Krishna Deo on September 5, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Good Day!
    We hope the foundation is aware with the condition of
    migrant workers in GCC and Malaysia. Due to health reason hundred of workers die every year specially cardiac arrest.The family and dependents come in extreme measurable condition.Would the Foundation will prefer to work on it?

  • 2

    nyirongo rodgers on September 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Its leery a problem worldwide and if we continue talking and taking stapes we will win

  • 3

    Marie-Noëlle Manouan on September 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

    The aims of the Carter Foundation remind me of those of the U.N. Chart.
    Since the Preambule of the Chart, I hadn’t been so conviced that a better world could raise up.

    Marie-Noëlle Manouan

  • 4

    DrveenaAgrawal on September 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    sir In India there are many ptients of lymhatic filariasis chronic since 20to30 years or even more with severly disabled there are many progamms running about controle and prevention but no one is bouthering to make these people completely parasite negetive for lifelong and help them to recover their disability

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