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From the CEO | Our Practices Change; Our Principles Don’t

Paige Alexander is chief executive officer of The Carter Center.

President Carter frequently reminds us of his high school teacher’s words of wisdom: “We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.” At The Carter Center, we practice this precept by holding fast to our founding commitments to defend human rights and relieve human suffering while continually …

Eradication Is a Difficult, Lengthy Affair

 

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

 

 

Only one human disease has ever been eradicated; that was smallpox, in 1980 — a tremendous victory for humanity. The term “eradication” is defined as permanent reduction to zero of the worldwide occurrence of infection caused by a specific pathogen, with no risk of …

Journalists Help Bring Discussion of Mental Health into Mainstream

 

This blog post is co-authored by Dr. Kashef Ijaz, vice president, Carter Center health programs, and Eve H. Byrd, director, Carter Center mental health program.

 

 

Journalists and the field of journalism are often criticized, in part because they have a habit of telling us truths we don’t want to know or discussing topics we don’t want to …

As General Assembly Gathers, Give the WHO Its Due

 

By Paige Alexander, chief executive officer, and Kashef Ijaz, vice president, Health Programs The Carter Center

 

 

The 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly opens Tuesday, Sept. 14. It is a time of great anticipation as representatives of 193 member states come together in the great hall to discuss issues and set an agenda for the …

Her Secret Service Code Name and Other Lesser Known Facts about First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter is best known for her advocacy for mental health issues, caregiver issues, as co-founder of The Carter Center and founder of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. But there’s more to this “steel magnolia.” Here are 25 facts about Rosalynn Carter.

Eradication Isn’t Over Until It’s Over

 

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

 

 

Completely wiping out a disease is nearly impossible. In all of history, only one human disease has been eradicated — smallpox, in 1980 after a herculean global vaccination campaign that took decades to complete. Polio persists (albeit in small numbers) despite the availability of …

Peace and Health Go Hand in Hand. We Must Pursue Both.

 

This blog post is co-authored by Dr. Kashef Ijaz, vice president, Carter Center health programs, and Barbara J. Smith, vice president, Carter Center peace programs.

 

Back in the turbulent 1960s, there was a popular poster — today it would be a meme on social media — that said, “War is not healthy for children and other living things.”…

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 …

Journalism Fellow Invites Viewers Along on Family’s Alzheimer’s Journey

Christie Ethridge Diez is a reporter and anchor for Atlanta TV station @11alive (WXIA) and a 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow. In late March 2021, she shared her story of loss, grief, and strength on the Carter Center’s Instagram account after her father’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Her moving posts, minimally edited, are reproduced here. All photos are courtesy …

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. …

Trachoma Staffers Make Exam Scopes at Home

Vanessa Scholtens is a program associate in the Carter Center Trachoma Control Program.

How do we know if a person has trachoma, a bacterial eye disease? A trained worker must examine a person’s inner eyelid and look for the signs.

But when a geographical area becomes successful at eliminating the disease—which is, of course, the Carter Center’s goal—it becomes hard …

Now Is Not the Time to Quit Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases

By Paige Alexander, chief executive officer, and Kashef Ijaz, vice president, Health Programs The Carter Center

The world’s most vulnerable people work hard every day to overcome poverty and disease. They aren’t interested in handouts, but with a hand up they can get the resources they need to surmount obstacles to prosperity and peace.

That’s why The Carter Center is …

Health Programs’ Benefits Remain Long After We’re Gone

 

 

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

 

 

The Carter Center’s neglected tropical disease programs treat and prevent Guinea worm disease, trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis, with the goal to control, eliminate, and eradicate. Beyond the alleviation of the human suffering caused by these illnesses, this work brings ancillary …

From the CEO | Coronavirus Can’t Compete With the Carter Center’s Commitment

When new CEO Paige Alexander first saw the cafeteria in the Carter Center’s Atlanta office, paper shamrocks and pots of gold adorned the walls to mark St. Patrick’s Day. Only it wasn’t March. It was June 2020.

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 …