In April 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the country has eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. The disease has already been eliminated in Ghana, as validated by WHO in June 2018.
Trachoma, part of a group of conditions known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.
Sightsavers has supported the government of The Gambia to improve eye health since 1986, when a survey found that trachoma was the third leading cause of blindness in the country. The Gambia Trachoma Elimination Programme was born, which enabled the country’s government officials, health workers, community volunteers and the communities themselves to collaborate to reach this global health milestone.
Watch the video below to see the story of trachoma elimination in The Gambia.
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