Trachoma continues to affect many people in Republic of the Sudan. In 2016, Sightsavers examined 60,000 people for eye conditions and distributed almost 1.8 million antibiotic treatments to help prevent trachoma.
Sudan has been damaged by years of civil war, with much of its population facing an inadequate water supply and poor sanitation. These conditions mean that neglected tropical diseases, such as trachoma, are rife.
To help track the spread of trachoma in countries such as Sudan, in 2012 Sightsavers led the world’s largest-ever infectious-disease mapping project. With the evidence generated from the data, the country’s ministry of health will be able to pinpoint exactly where to run trachoma treatment programmes and offer life-changing support.
Dr Bilghis, an ophthalmic consultant, has travelled to some of the most remote, hostile areas in Sudan to carry out eye examinations and gather information about the spread of trachoma as part of the Global Trachoma Mapping Project. Some areas of the country are only accessible by plane; others cannot be reached at all because of lingering conflict.
Yet Dr Bilghis is proud of the work she has done to treat and prevent trachoma. Read Dr Bilghis’s story.