Tanzania Minister of Health Ummy Mwalimu and members of the Ministry’s trachoma elimination team met Sightsavers, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, DFID representatives and implementing partners in Bahi District and Dodoma.
The group attended a village surgery camp where people with trichiasis, the most severe form of trachoma, were receiving sight-saving surgery. They discussed the achievements of two key trachoma programmes that are helping to control the disease in the area.
The programmes – the UK Aid-funded DFID SAFE programme and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative – have been working alongside the Tanzanian government to eliminate blinding trachoma since 2014 and 2015 respectively. Both programmes are coordinated by Sightsavers on behalf of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control.
Collectively, to date the programmes have:
Sightsavers CEO Dr Caroline Harper said: “The significant impact both programmes have made on eliminating trachoma in Tanzania is cause for celebration and is testament to the close collaboration between all those involved. Distributing treatment, training surgeons and mobilising case finders on such a large scale has only been made possible through effective partnership working, and millions of people’s lives are better as a result.”