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About seven years ago, Prisilla's eyes started to hurt and her vision became blurred. What she didn't realize was that she was experiencing the early signs of Trachoma. Her local clinic merely offered her painkillers, and her condition got worse.
Trachoma is one of the most agonizing and painful conditions that you can imagine, and is caused by bacteria which thrive in unhygienic conditions. If detected early enough, blindness from Trachoma can be prevented with antibiotics.
In the later stages of Trachoma infection, the eyelids start to turn inwards and the eyelashes scratch the cornea. This causes immense pain that stays with the person every moment of the day, sometimes for years. Caught early enough, surgery can prevent this damage from happening. If not caught in time however, this can lead to irreversible blindness.
I thank you for your help. Please help my grandchildren that they will not suffer my fate." - Prisilla
At an eye-screening camp, Prisilla met a CBM fieldworker who diagnosed her with Trachoma. Sadly, her blindness could not be reversed, and Prisilla has been left with only small light perception in one eye.
Prisilla's grandchildren have since been diagnosed with the early signs of Trachoma, and are undergoing treatment thanks to CBM.
However, if a child is exposed to siblings or friends with trachoma, he or she can be re-infected in just a few months. For this reason, it is more effective to treat a whole family than to treat an individual child. And it is even more effective to treat an entire village.
Your gift today could help put this special pill into the hands of thousands of people, helping to eliminate the spread of bacteria that cause the painful and blinding Trachoma infection.
A gift of just £21 will provide Zithromax pills to 140 people.
A gift of just £45 will provide Zithromax pills to 300 people.
A gift of £120 will allow 2 people to have eye surgery for Trachoma.