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Jimmy Carter to make global health announcement on Google+ and Twitter

Watch former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announce the 2012 provisional Guinea worm case numbers during a live broadcast via Google+ Hangout Thursday, Jan. 17.


Together with Carter Center experts and journalists, Carter will discuss prospects for getting to zero cases and eradicating the second human disease in history.

 Since 1986, the Carter Center-led campaign has reduced cases by more than 99.9 percent, freeing millions in Africa and Asia from the excruciating pain and disability caused by this ancient disease. The end is in sight. 

Watch live video of the event on Jan. 17 at 10:45 a.m.:  

President Carter takes questions of Twitter  

The Carter Center will be live-tweeting during the broadcast at Submit questions for Carter on Twitter by using the hashtag #GWorm12; Carter will take questions after the event.  

Emory connection

Emory students and alumni have supported the global Guinea worm disease eradication campaign, led by The Carter Center since 1986, in many ways over the years: as interns at The Carter Center, as technical advisers fighting Guinea worm in the field, and as Carter Center staff in leadership roles in the campaign. In addition, Carter -- one of Emory's most famous faculty members --  has made Guinea worm eradication a personal mission after witnessing the horrors caused by this disease in the developing world. 

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