Eliminating trachoma: WHO announces sustained progress with hundreds of millions of people no longer at risk of infection

A young boy's eyes are examined for signs of trachoma during a Tropical Data Training in Senegal, 2017
RTI International/Shea Flynn

27 June 2019 | Maputo | Geneva -- The number of people at risk of trachoma – the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness – has fallen from 1.5 billion in 2002 to just over 142 million in 2019, representing a reduction of 91%.
New data presented today at the 22nd meeting of the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020) also show that the number of people requiring surgery for trachomatous trichiasis – the late, blinding stage of trachoma – has dropped from 7.6 million in 2002 to 2.5 million in 2019, a reduction of 68%.

Trachoma elimination: Iranians triumph against the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness

25 September 2018 | Tehran | Cairo | Geneva -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This milestone comes after decades of sustained and tireless work by the government, with the support of Iranians.

Iran becomes the third country in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region to have been validated in defeating trachoma as a public health concern.

Ghana eliminates trachoma, freeing millions from suffering and blindness


13 June 2018 | Brazzaville | Accra | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) today congratulated Ghana for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem.
Ghana is the first country in WHO’s African Region to achieve this milestone.
In the early 1990s, there were an estimated 2.8 million people at risk of blindness from trachoma in the country.
Success came after almost two decades of implementing sustained control and elimination activities.

Nepal: first country in South-East Asia validated for eliminating trachoma

21 May 2018 | Kathmandu | New Delhi | Geneva -- The global fight against trachoma progresses as the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged Nepal for eliminating the disease as a public health problem.
The disease was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in Nepal in the 1980s.
Trachoma, a neglected tropical disease, is the leading cause of infectious blindness and affects the most deprived and marginalized populations worldwide.