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Highlights of Major Media Coverage of The Carter Center 2016

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016
The End of Trachoma, World’s Leading Cause of Preventable Blindness, Is in Sight
Global Health TV

In 1988, as a young development worker for Lutheran World Relief in Mali, I was showing a group of American Lutherans our development projects in Dogon Country, when we came across a tragic situation – a young boy with a severely infected eye, where he had lost his sight, with menacing flies hovering around the other, still good eye.

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Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
U.S. Must Stand for Human Rights by Jimmy Carter
The Wall Street Journal

The only title higher and more powerful than that of president is the title of citizen. We Americans are in the midst of a political transition that is reassuring in its constitutional orderliness even as it is fraught with uncertainty about what comes next. Just as each new U.S. president does, we, as citizens, should use this moment to remember the values that have defined us as a great nation.

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Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
We Must Finish Fight Against Diseases We've Overlooked for Too Long

The first thing you notice about Jude is his playful spirit and insatiable curiosity. An inquisitive and talented 13-year-old boy in Nigeria, Jude loves going to school, practicing drums and playing soccer with his friends. He dreams of growing up to serve his community and nation.

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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Community Hosts Outreach Milestone Celebration
The Nation: Nigeria

A rustic community in the Federal Capital Territory (FTC) was chosen to host the Carter Centre’s milestone of administering 500 million doses of medication to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in 14 countries, including Nigeria, reports Vincent Ikuomola.

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Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
Echoes Abroad of U.S. Election Challenges at Home
Public Radio International (PRI)

Host Mary Kay Magistad takes a step back from this particular election season, to ask David Carroll, head of the Carter Center's Democracy Program, about how U.S. elections compare with those of other democracies around the world.

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Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Africa Eye War Waged on River Blindness
Financial Times

Roy Vagelos remembers the thrill in the 1980s when he saw test results of his company’s prototype drug against river blindness and the parasitic worm, Onchocerca volvulus, that causes pain, scarring and blindness in hundreds of thousands of people across Africa and Central and South America.

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Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
Trachoma: Defeating a Blinding Curse
American Public Television

Distributed on over 1200 American Public Television stations nationwide, the documentary "Trachoma" follows dedicated American advisors from The Carter Center as they work in partnership with Ethiopian health authorities to mobilize thousands of volunteers and build a community-based delivery network to fight a blinding disease that has, for millennia, caused untold suffering for countless victims worldwide.

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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
The World is Closer Than Ever to Eradicating Guinea Worm
The Washington Post

A year ago, when former president Jimmy Carter told the world that he had been diagnosed with cancer, he announced a dying wish: He wanted the last Guinea worm to die before he did. Carter was referring to a parasite that plagued 3.5 million people across 21 African countries as recently as 1986.

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Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016
Zambia’s Lungu Leading as Opposition Demands Partial Recount
Bloomberg News

Zambian president Edgar Lungu led his main election challenger Hakainde Hichilema as the vote count drew to a close Monday amid complaints of irregularities by the main opposition and demands for a recount in the province with the most registered voters.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
How Worm Warriors Are Beating An Unbeatable Worm
National Public Radio, “Goats and Soda”

How do you get rid of river blindness? It's all about the worm.

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Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
The World is Watching Zambia’s Election
The Post (Zambia)

I AM coming to Zambia to show that the world is watching the polls, says Burundi’s former Prime Minister Sylvie Kinigi.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Interview: Tripartite Africa-China

The tripartite talks bringing together Africa, China and the U.S., which in 2014 were only meant to discuss peace issues, will this year focus on maritime security and the blue economy.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter: Stop Segregating Georgia Students with Disabilities
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In this essay, former first lady Rosalynn Carter writes on behalf of the Georgia Coalition for Equity in Education about the U.S. Justice Department’s charge the state is illegally segregating students with disabilities in separate and substandard schools that isolate the children from peers..

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Jimmy, Rosalynn Carter Mark 70 Years 'Even Closer Together'
Associated Press

When doctors told Jimmy Carter they had found four small tumors on his brain, the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, feared his life could end within weeks.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Protests and State Violence: A Talk with Jimmy Carter
Al Jazeera

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is calling on governments to rethink how they solve some of the biggest problems of today, urging them to look for nonviolent solutions. The topic was a major theme at the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum.

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Friday, May 6, 2016
Donald Hopkins Helped Kill Smallpox and Is Close to Slaying the Fiery Serpent

Donald Hopkins keeps his enemy in plain sight. Henrietta sits on a bookshelf in the doctor's home office, coiled like a yard-long strand of spaghetti, in an alcohol-filled glass jar.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Palantir Turns Its Software Toward Syria
Fortune Magazine

On June 10, 2011, a grainy, homemade video appeared on YouTube. With the Syrian flag draped across the wall behind him, Lt. Col. Hussein Harmoush held his identification card up to the camera, then announced in Arabic that he was splitting from the Syrian army and joining the opposition forces.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
International Women's Day: Reflecting on Progress Made and Challenges Still Unmet
Huffington Post

In Honor of International Women's Day, former first lady Rosalynn Carter answered a series of questions about her experiences in the movement for women's rights.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Jimmy Carter Hopeful for Guinea Worm Eradication in Africa
Associated Press

Former US President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career. Carter has led a campaign since 1986 through his foundation, the Carter Center, to rid the world of the once-widespread disease.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Going, going…
The Economist

It looks like something out of a Gothic movie: a metre-long monster that emerges slowly through blistered human skin, its victim writhing in agony. No one is spared. It can creep out from between the toes of a child or from the belly of a pregnant woman. In the mid-1980s Dracunculus medinensis, the Guinea worm, as this horror is called, afflicted 3.5m people a year in 20 countries in Africa and Asia.

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Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Jimmy Carter: Full Interview with John Humphrys
BBC Radio's Today Programme

Jimmy Carter is the peanut farmer from Georgia who became the president of the United States. After leaving the White House, he set up the Carter Centre, which works to advance human rights and help eradicate diseases that have plagued some of the world's poorest people for centuries. He spoke to John Humphrys about his campaign to eradicate guinea worm disease and his take on the state of modern US politics.

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Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
Progress in Jimmy Carter's Quest to End Guinea Worm Disease
The New York Times

Only 22 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2015, the Carter Center announced last week, a significant drop from the 126 cases reported in 2014.

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Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
The World Has Never Eradicated a Parasite. But Jimmy Carter is About To.

President Jimmy Carter has spent the past 30 years waging a war to eradicate Guinea worm – a battle he is incredibly close to winning.

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