By Martine Coly – Collegiate Staff
The Carter Center is a nongovernmental nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter.
The center is located in Atlanta, Georgia and its main purpose is waging peace, fighting diseases and building hope. The Carter Center prevents and resolves conflicts in more than 80 countries, enhances freedom and democracy, improves health, and teaches farmers how to increase their crop production.
Since it started, the Carter Center has created global changes. In Guinea the Center helped eradicate the Guinea worm disease. In Latin America and Africa the Carter Center helped eliminate the river blindness. The Carter Center work to control trachoma, a bacterial infection of the eyes, in African countries. It helped to prevent and control malaria in countries around the world. The Carter Center is also doing its best effort to eliminate the debilitating parasitic disease of lymphatic filariasis from Ethiopia, Nigeria, and the Island of Hispaniola.
The Carter Center undertakes the largest initiative by providing health education and treatment for schistosomiasis in Nigeria and is continuously working to help people in need, bringing peace, and fighting diseases in many countries all over the world.