September 10, 2007
Exhibit highlights progress for peace, health, human rights
“Beyond the Presidency: 25 Years of The Carter Center” takes a look behind the scenes and on the front lines of efforts to advance peace, health care and hope worldwide, undertaken by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.
The exhibit emphasizes the need to secure a broad range of human rights as the foundation for peace and development by sharing stories of individual triumphs in the 70 nations where The Carter Center has worked to improve lives.
“Self-governance, freedom from political persecution, adequate food, and access to health care — these rights give people self-respect, human dignity and hope for the future,” Carter has said. “They are essential to creating a world at peace.”
The Center’s milestones highlighted in the exhibit include:
• Leading a coalition that has reduced Guinea worm disease from an estimated 3.5 million in 1986 to about 25,000 today.
• Observing more than 67 elections in 26 countries to help establish and strengthen democracies.
• Teaching techniques that have helped more than 8 million farmers in 15 African nations to double or triple grain production.
• Furthering avenues to peace in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Sudan, Uganda, the Korean Peninsula, Haiti and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
• Helping to establish a village-based health care delivery system in thousands of communities in Africa that now have trained health care personnel and volunteers to distribute drugs and provide health education.
• Strengthening international standards for human rights and the voices of individuals defending those rights in their communities worldwide.
• Advancing efforts to improve mental health care and diminish the stigma against people with mental illness.
“Beyond the Presidency: 25 Years of The Carter Center.” The Carter Center Library and Museum. $8; seniors (60+), military and students, $6; children (16 and under), free. 404-865-7101. Through Nov. 25. For more information, visit: www.jimmycarterlibrary.org.