The Trachoma Initiative is working to provide surgery to people with trichiasis in the northern state of Katsina. Within the state, trachoma is most prevalent in eight local government areas near the border with Niger.
What we’re doing about it
We aim to make significant progress towards elimination in Nigeria by 2019. While the eight local government areas will be prioritised in the first two years of the Initiative, there is a need to ensure that the health system is strengthened across the state. We are therefore training surgeons to perform trichiasis surgery, with the aim of treating more than 17,000 people in Katsina state. Health workers in local communities will receive tools and training to raise awareness about the surgical services available and assist those in need of treatment.
Progress so far
Our first priority in Nigeria was to train and certify surgeons to correct the in-turned eyelashes of people with trichiasis. So far 14 surgeons have been trained and more than 600 people have received surgery so that their eyelashes no longer scratch on their eyes. We have also trained 885 case finders to locate people in need of treatment, which has helped reduce the time surgeons spend screening patients at outreach camps.