It takes a global village
to eliminate a disease

Trachoma is a painful and potentially blinding disease that affects 136 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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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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136 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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136 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

Safia has her eyes examined by a health worker to check for signs of trachoma.
Sightsavers from the field

Seeing clearly: five sight-saving stories in Benin

The Accelerate programme, supported by Sightsavers, aims to stop people going blind from trachoma. In Benin, five patients reveal how the programme has changed their lives.

September 2021
A group of doctors in blue surgical scrubs performing eye surgery.
Sightsavers from the field

How trachoma surgery has changed lives in Côte d’Ivoire

As Côte d’Ivoire completes its final operations as part of the Accelerate programme to fight trachoma, hear the stories of some of the people involved.

July 2021
A man has his eyes checked for signs of trachoma.

World’s largest trachoma surveys reach 50th country

Sierra Leone has become the 50th country to be surveyed for trachoma as part of the initiative, with one person being examined for trachoma every 26 seconds since the surveys began in 2012.

July 2021