Trichiasis operations are generally needed most in remote settings where access to healthcare is limited, which can make it difficult to follow up with patients post-surgery and provide aftercare.
To tackle this, Sightsavers developed the app which helps surgeons, assistants and clinic supervisors to collect and analyse information about surgeries and determine when and where follow-up appointments are required for their patients.
Because the data is accessible remotely to field teams, it ensures that a patient’s records are to hand even if the patient has moved away since the operation and is seen by a different medical team.
The TT Tracker also gathers data on patient demographics, medical team activity and surgical outcomes, helping country governments to report, plan and build a more accurate picture of the disease, which makes the app an essential tool in the fight to eliminate trachoma.
So far, our TT Tracker has been set up for use in Benin, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, and the new funding from Pierre Fabre will allow its benefits to go further. As more countries show positive results from the TT Tracker, there is potential to use it in other locations, and for additional eye health interventions or neglected tropical diseases in the countries where we already work. Read more about how we’re using the trackers in Benin.