Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that is the world’s leading cause of blondness. In many Saharan, and some sub-Saharan countries, this disease runs rampant among the residents of several communities. Untreated, Trachoma causes scar tissue underneath the eyelid to become painful, and this causes the lashes to rub the cornea, resulting in blindness that happens very painfully. There are many efforts directed toward the elimination of this horrifying disease, and some of these efforts have proven positive. While still very active in African, Trachoma has been eliminated in the countries of Mexico, Oman, Cambodia, Morocco, and Laos.
Other countries are joining the global effort to eliminate this blinding disease. Organizations like Ministries, donors, communities, pharmaceuticals, and Sightsavers are collaborating for an end to Trachoma is all countries. These entities are members of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, and they work together with a shared vision, and a common strategy endorsed by the World Health Organization. The Chief Executive Officer of Sightsavers, Caroline Harper, gave a recent talk to hundreds of visionaries, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers with a pair of tweezers that were hung on a chain around her neck. This was a symbol of the many girls who had to wear tweezers around their necks in Africa to remove the painful eyelashes due to this disease.
Organizations realize that what many countries are lacking in order to eliminate Trachoma is resources. Data has been collected on smartphones and submitted in the areas of much needed assistance. With this important data, non profit organizations and philanthropists can see where the most need is, and render aid through the Audacious Project, which is an organization that has chosen Trachoma elimination as one of their ideas. The United Kingdom announced a commitment of $20 million dollar funding to help Trachoma elimination in ten countries.