Trachoma

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

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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.

Against all odds, Yemen launches its first large-scale treatment campaign against trachoma

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8 May 2018 | Geneva | Cairo | Sana’a -- Despite an ongoing war and instability, the national trachoma elimination programme in Yemen have launched their first large-scale treatment campaign, targeting approximately 450 000 people.
Implementation was carried out in six districts of two Governorates during which WHO-supplied facial kits comprising face towels and soap were distributed.
Yemen has one of the highest prevalence levels in the Middle East.