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Elimination of blinding trachoma

A ten-year strategic fast tracking plan in 24 countries.

The global efforts to eliminate blindness due to trachoma have been on-going and with just about 10 years to reach the global deadline, the International Coalition for Trachoma Control 5 (ICTC), of which Sightsavers is a member, has developed a plan to increase the efforts being made to ensure that the goal of GET2020 is met.

A document, 2020 INSight, has been written by the partners of this coalition to guide members and endemic countries as to the overall global need, how to address this need and the resources needed to reach our goal.

Sightsavers has responded to this call through this Fast Track Initiative and has taken up the challenge to catalyze, support and fast track the elimination of blinding trachoma in 24 countries; 22 in Africa (including Chad and Central African Republic through partnership with the Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité – OPC) and in 2 countries in Asia: India and Pakistan.

A woman smiling after a succesful trachoma operation.

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