Presentation on theme: "Biology 402 Daniella DiNizo. What is Trachoma? Infectious eye disease Leading cause of blindness globally Disease of poverty Neglected tropical disease."— Presentation transcript:
Infection – Stage 5 Corneal opacity (CO) Clouding over of the cornea Blindness
Social Implications Global loss of productivity Women Cooking Water Family Effect on children Cycle of poverty
Treatment Azithromycin Tetracycline ointment Eyelid Surgery Resistance?
SAFE strategy – Surgery/ Antibiotics Surgery People with risk of blindness Reduce discomfort Improve vision Antibiotics For active infections Who?/ When?
SAFE Strategy - Facial Cleanliness/ Environmental Changes Facial Cleanliness Good facial hygiene Washing daily Environmental Changes Water Bathrooms Flies Interventions have not been as successful as expected
Future Directions Global Elminiation of blinding Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020) Emphasis on FE of SAFE strategy Research Global Awareness Without these steps Trachoma will continue to be a major cause of blindness in the developing world.