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Nigeria Public Health Training Initiative Turns Reins Over to Sokoto State

Expert Q&A with Alhaji Abubakar Tambuwal, provost of the College of Nursing Science in Sokoto state, Nigeria

The Nigeria Public Health Training Initiative recently transitioned from a Carter Center-assisted project to state-level ownership in each of the six implementing states, including Akwa Ibom, Gombe, Imo, Ogun, Plateau, and Sokoto. Alhaji Abubakar Tambuwal, provost of the College of Nursing Science, Sokoto …

Partner Countries Take Ownership of Their Success

Dr. Kashef Ijaz is vice president for health programs at The Carter Center.

Following on my commentary last month regarding health care capacity building at the community level, it’s fitting now to acknowledge our government partners’ eagerness and ability to exercise ownership of programs taking place within their borders.

A prime example is the Carter Center’s Public Health Training Initiative. …

Pandemic Proves Global Mental Health Can’t Be Ignored

Dr. Kashef Ijaz is vice president for health programs at The Carter Center.

Global mental health has been called the “silent,” “parallel,” or “next” pandemic.

In fact, mental health was deteriorating even before the COVID-19 crisis unfolded. In 2018, The Carter Center contributed to a Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health, which says that “the global burden of disease attributable …

Youth Key in Sudan’s Shift to Democracy

This is an exciting time in Sudan. After 30 years, a period marked by civil war in Darfur and other areas of the country, Omar al-Bashir was forced from power in a rev-olution led largely by young women and men. Now Sudan is working out a new identity as it transitions to peace and democracy, and young people can lead the way.

Altering Behavior Can Mean a Change for the Better

Kelly Callahan, M.P.H., is director of the Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program.

When COVID-19 appeared, the first thing public health experts advised us all to do was to wash our hands frequently and thoroughly. This is excellent advice, and it’s what the Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program has been teaching people for 20 years.

As humans, changing our behavior is …

Uganda Community Goes from Misery to Joy

Peace Habomugisha began working for The Carter Center as a social scientist in 1999. She became the Center’s Uganda country director in 2003, supporting the federal Ministry of Health’s River Blindness Elimination Program, one of the first to make complete elimination a national goal. The program succeeds with the support of its partners, including The Carter Center, USAID’s Act to …

Guinea Worm Killed My Uncles

Daniel Deng Madit Kuchlong, aka Daniel Deng, is a health agent with South Sudan’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program. Here is his firsthand account, lightly edited, of how Guinea worm has affected his life.

When I was a young boy, I had two uncles. Both were heavily infected with Guinea worms, and back then, no one here knew how Guinea worm …

Courtyard Meetings Help with Benefits

Laura Neuman is director of the Carter Center’s Rule of Law Program.

Selima Begum, 28, is the mother of a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. They live in Tuker Bazar Union, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. Since her divorce, Begum has struggled to provide necessary medical care for her son, at times having to forgo routine medical treatments because of a lack …

Where the Need for Services Goes, We Follow

Angelia Sanders is associate director of the Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program and vice chair of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control.

Natural disasters, conflict, and other factors can force entire populations to leave their homes and seek safer living conditions elsewhere. Such people are known as internally displaced persons (or IDPs) if they move within their home country or …

Four Years After Peace Accord, What Has Really Changed?

The Carter Center’s John Goodman, associate director in the Conflict Resolution Program, spoke recently to Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque in Bamako, Mali, about ongoing violence and instability in Mali and how the people there have seen few, if any, dividends from the peace agreement signed four years ago.

The Carter Center is serving as the Independent Observer of the 2015 …

From the CEO | Communication Cultivates Grassroots Impact

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is the chief executive officer of The Carter Center.

The Carter Center operates dozens of initiatives addressing a range of challenging peace and health issues. Some of them seek to end human rights abuses and promote sustainable peace, while others help improve the health of at-risk people in remote places.

What all these projects have …

Q&A: ISIS Down, But Not Out, in Syria

Just a few years ago, ISIS controlled giant swaths of Syria – its combined lands totaled more than 34,000 square miles, just a little less than you’ll find in the state of Indiana.

Today, it has lost all that territory.

But that doesn’t mean it is no longer a threat to the people of Syria. Individuals and groups with ties …

Q&A: Seeking Better Outcomes for Mothers and Babies

Through its Public Health Training Initiatives in Nigeria and Sudan, The Carter Center helps educational institutions improve the way they prepare health workers to serve the public. In Nigeria, the initiative supports one institution in each of six states.

Director Kenneth Korve, who leads the initiative from the Carter Center’s office in Jos, Plateau state, explains through a series of …

Malaria Exacts a Tragic Toll

In the poor neighborhoods where malaria festers in the Dominican Republic, people describe someone who hustles through everyday life as a chiripero, a “lucky sort.”

Preparing for March 31 Myanmar Elections

The Carter Center, with the support of UK Aid, helped prepare a range of voter education materials for the March 31 municipal elections in Yangon, Myanmar. A coalition of 10 civil society organizations, coordinated by our partner New Myanmar Foundation, is using the materials in its street campaign. These are Yangon’s first elections with universal suffrage, so many women and …