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Guatemala Celebrates Win Against River Blindness

The Carter Center has been leading the fight in the Americas and in Africa to eliminate onchocerciasis, or river blindness, a disease that causes intense itching, skin lesions, and can lead to blindness. After battling river blindness for decades, Guatemala has broken the cycle of transmission, and recently held two days of celebration and health education, called "Art as a Bridge to Health," to keep once-endemic communities informed about this disabling disease during the nation's post-treatment surveillance period.

Onchocerciasis Elimination Program of the Americas: http://cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/oepa.html

River Blindness Program: http://cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/index.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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