Game over for trachoma
Trachoma is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and the most widespread infectious cause of blindness worldwide. It is transmitted by dirty hands, clothing and flies. Repeated infections cause the inside of the eyelid to become scarred and turn
inward. This advanced stage of trachoma is referred to as trachomatous trichiasis (TT). TT is very painful, because the eyelashes turn inward, scratching the cornea each time the individual blinks and slowly destroying the cornea. Young children and women are the most severely affected group.
LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is part of a worldwide initiative aimed at ensuring that by the year 2020 nobody loses their sight due to trachoma. We supported the trachoma mapping in the Tigray and Somali regions of Ethiopia. We are also supporting the implementation of the S.A.F.E – strategy in the Tigray and Oromia Regions. S.A.F.E is recommended by the WHO and combines the following measures:
- S – Surgery (eyelid operations)
- A – Antibiotics
- F – Facial Cleanliness (facial hygiene)
- E – Environment (improvement of environmental conditions)