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Impact

An estimated 325 million people live in at-risk areas. Trachoma blinds one person every 15 minutes.

Treatment and successes

There is a prevention and treatment strategy: the WHO-endorsed SAFE strategy that brings Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement to communities where trachoma is found. To implement SAFE, national governments and non-governmental organizations are uniting like never before.

Trends and challenges

Delayed action is costly. Vision loss or blindness leads to loss of social status, stigmatization and reclusion from society. Conservative estimates suggest trachoma causes $3-$6 billion in lost productivity each year. With the global community using a strategic plan to focus time, attention and funding, the elimination of trachoma is a possibility.

Photo Credits

Solomon Gadisa, Light for the World