Trachoma is an infectious disease that causes the eyelashes to turn inwards. If untreated, it leads to severe pain and blindness. Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness in Uganda; around one third of the country live in affected areas.
We are working with partners to eliminate trachoma in Uganda by 2019 by implementing the SAFE strategy:
S - Carrying out surgery to stop the pain and restore sight in extreme cases of trachoma.
A - Distributing antibiotics to treat the disease and prevent re-infection.
F - Educating communities about how face-washing can prevent spread of trachoma.
E - Improving environmental conditions to prevent trachoma – for example sanitation and access to clean water.
CBM is one of several partners working to implement this exciting programme, funded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.