Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic wipe out trachoma—leading infectious cause of blindness
21 September 2017 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization has congratulated the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on eliminating trachoma as a public health problem.
Trachoma - the world's leading infectious cause of blindness - was a recognized problem in Cambodia since the 1990s and in the Lao People's Democratic Republic since the 1970s. WHO validates the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem after conducting rigorous assessments.
13 July 2017 | Geneva –– New data released by the World Health Organization show that more than 85 million people were given antibiotics for trachoma during 2016.
The increase, from 52 million in 2014, is largely attributed to expanded access to donated azithromycin.
Along with this increase, WHO also reports that the annual number of people undergoing trachoma-related eye surgery has nearly doubled over the past three years.
responsible for blinding or visually impairing
about 1.9 million people © Yasser Rafa
15 November 2016 | Geneva | Marrakech –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has today acknowledged the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Morocco – a milestone achieved after more than six decades of sustained control activities.
Morocco joins seven other countries – China, Gambia, Ghana, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mexico, Myanmar and Oman – in eliminating trachoma as a public health problem.
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28 October 2016 | Geneva | Durban −− The WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by the year 2020 (GET2020) has received the ‘Global Partnership Award’ in recognition of the remarkable progress achieved over the years with the support of an array of partners.
Trachoma is one of the most debilitating of the neglected tropical diseases and its economic cost is estimated in billions annually.
The award by the ‘International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness’ was announced during its 10th general assembly in Durban, South Africa.
Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Trachoma. Second Meeting Report
WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020: progress report on elimination of trachoma, 2014–2016
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