Community health worker distributing medicine to prevent trachoma in Pakistan

Eliminating blinding trachoma in Pakistan and Burundi

Country: Burundi and Pakistan
Category: Saving sight

Trachoma is an infectious disease that causes the eyelashes to turn inwards, causing severe itching, then if untreated, excruciating pain and blindness.

We are working in partnership with the Government of Burundi to distribute medicine to communities in the Gashoho district – the last remaining trachoma affected area in Burundi – to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem by 2020. As part of the programme, 230 community drug distributors will be trained.

Tackling trachoma requires a concerted approach and CBM implements the SAFE strategy to ensure lasting change in some of the world’s poorest places:

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.

In Pakistan, we’re using the SAFE strategy to eliminate trachoma in 4 provinces, including carrying out sight-saving operations, training medical officers, distributing medicine to communities and improving hygiene facilities in schools.


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