It takes a global village to eliminate a disease

Trachoma is a painful and potentially blinding disease that affects 125 million people around the world. Most of these people live in poor and hard-to-reach areas.

Trachoma is preventable. But it takes a huge number of people to eliminate a disease like this – no one can do it alone. If any one of the puzzle pieces is missing, then individuals, families, communities and countries will continue to feel the harsh impact of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

At Sightsavers, we play our part by coordinating many different people, and by ensuring everyone is equipped with the skills and information they need.

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Watch our animation to meet the people eliminating trachoma.

The final piece of the puzzle is you

A yellow puzzle piece.

If everyone continues to work together, we can eliminate trachoma in our lifetime.

Eliminating the disease will save millions of people from the pain and stigma that trachoma can cause. We all have an important part to play and your role is a vital piece of the puzzle.

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We need to work together to eliminate trachoma. If any of these puzzle pieces were missing, individuals, families, communities and countries would continue to feel the painful impact of this disease. You can #PlayYourPart to #EndTrachoma. Share on Twitter

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125 million people are at risk of going blind from trachoma. Only by working together can we #EndTrachoma. Just like a jigsaw puzzle, every piece matters. The surgeon, the case finder, the donor, the volunteer, they all play their part. By spreading the word about trachoma, I'm playing my part too. Find out how you can be a piece of the puzzle and #PlayYourPart. Share on Facebook

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125 million people are at risk of going blind from trachoma. Only by working together can we #EndTrachoma. Just like a jigsaw puzzle, every piece matters. I'm playing my part by spreading the word about trachoma. You can #PlayYourPart too!
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Find out more about our work to eliminate trachoma

About the Accelerate programme

Learn more about trachoma

Epidemiologist Michael Dejene, who is collecting data on trachoma, crouches next to a woman who is sorting produce.
Sightsavers from the field

“We’re playing a critical role to banish trachoma”

Since 2012, Sightsavers has been using smartphones to collect high-quality data, so that countries can effectively map the disease and focus their elimination efforts.

December 2022
A montage of handwritten letters and photos from Malawi.
Sightsavers Reports

Letters from Malawi

Hear first-hand how people’s lives have been transformed now that trachoma has been eliminated in the country.

Vainesi smiles and claps outside her home in Malawi.

Trachoma is eliminated in Malawi

Malawi has become the first country in southern Africa to eliminate the infectious eye disease trachoma, as confirmed by the World Health Organization.

September 2022