The swollen lumps and intensely itching skin Pedro Mejia experienced as a child were caused by onchocerciasis, or river blindness, a disease that once threatened more than 500 communities in his native country of Guatemala. Today, transmission of the disease has stopped in Guatemala as The Carter Center's River Blindness Elimination Program makes headway throughout Latin America and Africa. And Pedro, now a healthcare promoter, is changing lives one disease at a time.
Learn more about the Carter Center's River Blindness Elimination Program: http://www.cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/index.html
Learn more about the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program of the Americas: http://www.cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/oepa.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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