Sightsavers and RSTMH host learning event on large-scale trachoma programmes

December 2023

Sightsavers and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) are hosting an event where experts will share learnings about eliminating trachoma.

An estimated 115 million people around the world are at risk from the painful and infectious eye disease, which can cause blindness if left untreated.

Taking place on 23 January 2024, the online event will share key findings from a new collection of research papers published in the International Health journal – Trachoma: Accelerating progress to elimination as a public health problem.

The event will focus on how governments and their partners are using innovative approaches to speed up the elimination of trachoma, and how health workers can address cases of advanced trachoma (known as ‘trichiasis’) within affected communities.

Speakers will be sharing the latest insights from major trachoma initiatives such as the Accelerate and Tropical Data programmes, and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss these during interactive Q&A sessions.

You can register to attend online via the event page on the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s website. The event will run from 2-4pm (GMT).

The collection of papers is the last to be published as part of a three-year partnership, in which RSTMH has used its scientific journals and other communications channels to help disseminate the key outputs and learnings from Sightsavers’ lead programmes.

Research plays a key role in supporting Sightsavers’ work to tackle avoidable blindness, eliminate NTDs, and promote disability rights and inclusion. We use the evidence we generate to improve the quality and effectiveness of our programmes, and to inform our programmes and advocacy in countries around the world.

Join the online event

You’ll have the chance to hear from researchers, and take part in discussions around how to eliminate trachoma globally as a public health problem.

Sign up for the event

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