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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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Sightsavers Reports

Meet Elizabeth, who's saving sight in Kenya

A decade ago, Turkana had the highest prevalence of trachoma of any county. Now thanks to eye health workers like Elizabeth, the number of cases have been severely reduced.

A woman dressed in traditional clothing poses for the camera. she is blind in her left eye.
Sightsavers Reports

The friend next door: how Ekeno’s neighbour saved her sight

Ekeno was experiencing terrible pain in her eyes, until her neighbour, Sightsavers-trained community worker Susan, was able to get her the help she needed.

A dam in the Cascades region, Burkina Faso.
Sightsavers from the field

Treating river blindness in Burkina Faso

Sightsavers has been working in Burkina Faso to eliminate trachoma and river blindness, thanks to our partnership with Fondation L’Occitane.

February 2020