Around 1.9 million people are blind or visually impaired because of trachoma but the disease can be treated, cured and prevented from recurring. Trachoma elimination has already been achieved in countries including Ghana, Oman, Morocco and Mexico, meaning millions of people no longer live with the pain, suffering and blindness it can cause. Yet there are still 42 countries that count trachoma as a public health problem. Working with our partners, we’re on track to eliminate the disease in the countries where we work.
In 2012, the World Health Organization set out a strategy that aimed to speed up efforts to tackle NTDs. It was hoped that combining the efforts of governments, NGOs, communities and international organisations would bring us a step closer to ending the misery caused by these diseases.
Fast-forward just six years from 2012 and the scale of what has been achieved is almost unparalleled: the global effort to control and eliminate NTDs is one of the largest public health initiatives ever seen. But there is still work to be done. You can help by donating, or find out about sponsoring our projects and other corporate opportunities with Sightsavers.
During her talk, Caroline Harper urged philanthropists to support the newly launched Audacious Project, which could help to eliminate the disease.More on the TED Talk