Preventing avoidable sight loss from blinding trachoma and cataract.
The impact of visual impairment on quality of life is particularly acute for vulnerable populations in developing countries. It can lead to increased social and economic dependency, reduced life expectancy, and an additional barrier to opportunities in education and employment, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. To address this issue, the Avoidable Blindness program consists of three initiative areas: 1) contributing to the global fight to eliminate trachoma by 2020; 2) increasing access to high-quality cataract surgery; and 3) strengthening the eye healthcare sector in these targeted intervention areas.
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The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organization to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities.
The Trachoma Atlas is a joint project between a variety of partners including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the International Trachoma Initiative at The Task Force for Global Health, and The Carter Center, to address the need for up-to-date and publicly accessible maps of trachoma distribution through consolidating data from a number of sources.
The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) collaborates with governmental and nongovernmental agencies at the local, national and international levels to implement the WHO-recommended SAFE strategy for trachoma control (Surgery; Antibiotics; Facial cleanliness; and Environmental improvement).
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In Practice Paper
Dr. Nancy J. Allen analyzes lessons from 15 years of our grantmaking in support of trachoma control and elimination.