Jimmy Carter Fights to Eradicate Diseases

Former president's passion project, the Carter Foundation, helps get medicine to remote locations.
3:57 | 11/05/13

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What a privilege it is to welcome jimmy carter back to "gma." No former president has served longer out of office or made such a mark against some of the world's intractable problems. Mr. President, welcome. Thank you, george. You look terrific. What is your secret? I work hard. And I do what my wife tells me. And I love the motto of the carter center. Waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. You put so much effort into fighting other people neect, the so-called orphan diseases. And the one that we're close to e rad dating. We started out with 2.5 million cases and 26,000 villages and countries. And they're down, the last count I have, is 126 cases in the whole world. So close. We were speaking several years ago. You were close then, as well. The last few are always the hardest. Well, south sudan has been at war for a long time. That's where there's many cases. We had an 80% reduction this year compared to last year in sudan. And making major progress with blindness. Pfizer deals with glaucoma. They give us a free antibiotic. And we treat people with one dose every year. And now, we've treated more than 20 million people every year. Thanks to pfizer, in order to get rid of this disease, as well. You think of zythromax, our kids take it all the time. It's readily available. But hard to get to these areas. Well, it's the most poverty-stricken people in the world. And lions clubs help us pay for getting the medicines there. We know how to do away with it, as well. And this is on a target to be eradicated from the face of the earth, in the next few years. You've also been outspoken with the challenges here at home. I was struck by something you said a couple weeks ago. You said, our democracy is not working. Well, it's not. It's very discouraging to me to see the constant conflict in washington and the lack of cooperation on things everybody know would be better for our country. The incompatibility of democrats to work with republicans and for congress to work with the president. Most of this has been caused by the massive infusion of money into the political campaign process. Different from when I was running. Billions more. You know how much general ford and I raised to run against eef other? I've forgotten? We didn't raise a penny. We had $2 per person. Now, if you can't raise a couple hundred million -- a billion dollar last time. I know. You've done so much since you left office. Seen so much. Experienced so much. Of everything that you learned, what do you wish you would have known then in office? What I've done since I left office is able to go into the remote villages and the jungle and the desert, to get no know people that are the most poverty-stricken on earth. I found to my surprise, that these people are just as intelligent as I am, just as hard-working and ambitious. And their family is just as dedicated as mine. It was underestimated and need a chance to correct the problems that inflict their own lives. We go into the village and work side-by-side with the people. And we let them correct the problems that have afflicted them. You have created a model for former presidents. Have you been able to give advice to president obama, what he thinks about afterwards? I think he's not thinking about afterwards yet. He'll be calling you soon, I'm sure. Mr. President, thank you for your time this morning. our

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