Part of their job is to travel around communities, often house to house, to find people with advanced cases of trachoma and encourage them to undergo surgery, the only known way to stop the condition worsening.
With a disease that disproportionately affects women, having other women on the frontline ensures that people are not left behind in the fight against diseases like trachoma. Case finder Aishatu Ahmed, from Bauchi state in Nigeria, tells her story.
“Because of my track record distributing the oral polio vaccine, I was successfully selected to be a trachoma case finder.
“After becoming disabled when I was a child, I decided to be a trachoma case finder because I didn’t want anyone else to become disabled like me. My disability doesn’t stop me from doing my job – the community cooperates with me so that I can do my work successfully.”
When Aishatu is not doing her case finding work, she practises tailoring at school. “When I come back from school I rest, and then I start my case finding work. I go house to house to check for trachoma to make sure no one is missed out.”