We're The Carter Center, and we're competing in 100&Change, the MacArthur Foundation's $100 million competition to fund a single proposal aimed at solving a critical problem. Our proposal is to end "river blindness". AUA!
Hey reddit! We're The Carter Center, one of eight organizations competing in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition for a $100 million grant. Learn more about their competition:
We're here to answer your questions.*
About our proposal: we are trying to eliminate transmission of river blindness disease in Nigeria, creating a model for the rest of Africa and the world. We will work through community-directed distribution systems to administer the drug ivermectin (Mectizan®, donated by Merck & Co.) once or twice per year. This medicine is proven to stop transmission of the condition. About river blindness: River blindness causes devastating socio-economic repercussions in Africa, resulting in food insecurity, lack of education for children who must care for blinded parents, intergenerational poverty, and social stigma.
We will be on at 11 AM ET to answer your questions. AUA! Our proposal and how community volunteers will be key to our success:
*Important caveat: This AMA is a public engagement opportunity for you, reddit, to learn more about our proposal. We won’t win the $100 million competition based on this AMA, and there's nobody paying us to do this AMA. We're just taking questions and are thrilled to engage and discuss this very important issue.
EDIT: We're on! Ask us anything!
FINAL EDIT: Thanks everyone! We greatly appreciate your participation. We hope we answered everyone's questions. We are now closing this AMA.