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Neglected Tropical Diseases and Bringing Up the Bottom Billion

Neglected tropical diseases afflict the poorest of the poor in some of the world's most remote and isolated communities. Yet they are not as obscure as many people think -- the blinding bacterial disease trachoma existed in the United States and Europe until the early-20th century, and river blindness was brought to the Americas from Africa through the slave trade. Through nearly three decades of work at the grassroots, The Carter Center has seen firsthand how fighting these horrific, yet easily preventable illnesses can make a tremendous impact on poverty and improve overall global health.

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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