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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 …

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 …

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 …

The Work Is Worth It, and It Isn’t Finished

The observance of World Neglected Tropical Disease Day on Jan. 30 (following the public launch of the 2030 NTD Road Map by the WHO on Jan. 28) prompts me to reflect on my good fortune in overseeing the Carter Center’s tireless work to free people from an array of illnesses that cause untold misery and perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

From the CEO | Staying Positive, Building Hope

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is the CEO of The Carter Center.

At this time of great challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been deeply moved by the commitment of our Carter Center staff to our mission to help the world’s poorest people. Indeed, our aim to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope has never been more …

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 …

Making Guinea Worm Disease Gone for Good

Abeer Al Fouti is Executive Director of Global Initiatives, Alwaleed Philanthropies.

You almost certainly have never heard of Guinea worm disease. It doesn’t generate news headlines, is not often top of mind for global health experts, and does not attract large-scale funding for eradication efforts. Yet we are close to eliminating this devastating disease, with just a final effort required …

WHO Director-General Expresses Support for Global Campaign to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease

In this short video, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expresses support for the global campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease and partner efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.

Dr. Tedros personally thanks former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for his leadership in the fight against Guinea worm and The Carter Center for being a cornerstone of the campaign.

“Our ultimate …

Center Staffer Lays His Life on the Line

Scientific or logistical challenges aren’t the only issues Carter Center personnel have to deal with while tracking down, treating, and preventing neglected tropical diseases in remote places. Cultural issues often play a role as well, and we have to handle them respectfully and sensitively.

For example, in many places, ponds and rivers are considered to be sacred dwelling places of …

From the CEO | Carter Center Provides Pounds of Prevention

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

We all know Benjamin Franklin’s proverb “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It makes sense to try to keep a bad thing from happening rather than to try to fix the mess that results if you let the bad thing happen. This …

Watch President Jimmy Carter’s Remarks this Week to the 2017 WHO’s Global Partners Meeting in Geneva on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Watch the video below to hear former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s remarks at the 2017 World Health Organization’s Global Partners Meeting in Geneva on the worldwide effort to reduce the burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

“Our collaborative effort to reduce the burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases sends a message of hope to all people, but most especially to those …

Watch President Carter Behind the Scenes of ‘Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease’ Exhibition

In this exclusive interview, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter ventures behind-the-scenes of “Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease,” an exhibition created in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, open at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum through Oct. 9.

The exhibition highlights the challenges of eradicating neglected tropical diseases, and President Carter notes that he would “put an …

Watch Guinea Worm Disease Press Conference with President Carter and Dr. Hopkins | Webcast Archive

In case you missed the Center’s Facebook Live coverage of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Donald Hopkins’ press conference on Jan. 11, 2017, an archived webcast of this event can be viewed below.

During the conference, President Carter and Dr. Hopkins announce the 2016 Guinea Worm disease case totals and take questions from the press. Find out more about …

Five Important Facts About Guinea Worm

Donald Hopkins, M.D., is special advisor to the Guinea Worm Eradication Program at The Carter Center and has been leading the effort to eradicate this neglected disease for over 25 years. Listen below as he tells NPR’s Robin Young about the Center’s efforts to rid the world of this ancient and painful affliction.

Five Facts About Guinea Worm from Dr.