The Trachoma Initiative is working to provide surgery to people with trichiasis in three regions in Tanzania, Arusha, Dodoma and Lindi. The UK Department for International Development (DfID) is working to eliminate trachoma in Tanzania with its SAFE programme in three further regions. The Trachoma Initiative and the SAFE programme will work together to tackle the disease across the country.
What we’re doing about it
We aim to make significant progress towards elimination in Tanzania by 2019. The Initiative is training surgeons to correct the in-turned eyelashes of people with trichiasis. More than 26,000 people will benefit from trichiasis surgery across three regions. 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
The work of the Trachoma Initiative in Tanzania began in 2015. Since then, 7 surgeons have been trained or retrained and certified to perform surgery. 85 case finders have been trained and mobilised to locate people in need of treatment, which has helped reduce surgeons’ time spent screening patients at outreach camps. 196 people have had their cases of Trichiasis managed, either by receiving surgery so that their eyelashes no longer scratch on their eyes (approx 92%), by choosing to epilate (approx 2%) or refused surgery (approx 6%).