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Guatemala Conquers River Blindness

Latin America is one step closer to wiping out river blindness disease (onchocerciasis) following verification from The World Health Organization that Guatemala has eliminated the disease from this once most endemic country in the Western Hemisphere.

The Carter Center has been leading the fight in the Americas and in Africa to eliminate river blindness, a disease that causes intense itching, skin lesions, and can lead to blindness.

Learn more about the Center's OEPA Program: https://www.cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/oepa.html

Learn more about the Center's River Blindness Elimination Program:
https://www.cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/index.html

Learn more about the Center's work in Guatemala:
https://www.cartercenter.org/countries/guatemala.html

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.

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