There’s limited awareness of trachoma too, including how to prevent it by keeping hands and faces clean.
Though we’re working hard to improve awareness and give people more access to clean water, one in 10 households in Tanzania still have no sanitary facilities at all. Despite these and other challenges, we’re determined to wipe out trachoma countrywide by 2020.
Thanks to amazing sight-savers like you, we’ve been working in Tanzania since the 1970s. In the past two years alone we trained more than 2,000 community volunteers and have screened over 60,000 people, including Zuhura, pictured above, and her fellow schoolmates at Nandenje primary school shown below.
We’ve also dispensed more than 90,000 antibiotic treatments and performed over 7,000 operations to treat advanced trachoma, known as trichiasis. Now we need to finish what we’ve started and rid Tanzania of trachoma for good. Halima Nanyambo is living proof of what this will mean to people.
Halima lives in Ruangwa with her husband Hamis, two of their four children and several grandchildren. She started having eye problems a long time ago, but didn’t know she had trachoma. By the time we met Halima her eyelashes had turned inwards and she was in danger of losing her sight. “I can’t see in the light properly and I’m in a lot of pain,” Halima told us. She talked of when the tears poured down her face and how it was especially painful when the wind blew dust into her eyes.