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Ethiopia

Amhara Trachoma Control Programme

Duration: 2018 to 2021
Local partner: Organisation for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA)

This project aims to improve the quality of life of people living in Amhara, Ethiopia by reducing the prevalence of blinding Trachoma. Progressing this project is an important component of plans to achieve the global elimination of Trachoma by 2020.




THE NEED
Worldwide 36 million people are blind, yet 75% of blindness is preventable or treatable. The world’s leading cause of preventable blindness is trachoma, a bacterial infection that causes a roughening of the inner surface of the eyelids. This roughening can lead to pain in the eyes, breakdown of the outer surface or cornea of the eyes, and eventual blindness.

Ethiopia has more than 30% of Africa’s already disproportionately high trachoma infection rates. The national prevalence of active trachoma among children aged 1-9 years is 40.1%. Amhara is particularly at risk due to its remote location, limited water resources and widespread poverty.

Lack of awareness coupled with poor hygiene, sanitation and limited access to clean water increases the risk of infection. Over 50% of people in the Amhara region have no household toilet with many village latrines in a state of disrepair. Women are more susceptible to the infectious trachoma than men because of their higher exposure to young children who are typically the bearers of the disease.

HOW WE ARE HELPING

  • Performing trichiasis surgeries.
  • Training community workers in early detection of Trachoma and treatment through antibiotics.
  • Increasing the availability of clean water and improving hygiene in toilets and latrines.

YOU CAN PREVENT BLINDNESS
 

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