An estimated 10 million people in Uganda are at risk of developing trachoma, which is endemic in 39 of 112 districts. The Initiative is working in 17 districts in the Busoga and Karamoja regions. The northern region of Karamoja shares borders with South Sudan and Kenya. Many communities move regularly across these borders, making them difficult to locate and treat.
What we’re doing about it
We aim to make significant progress towards elimination in Uganda by 2019. The Initiative is training surgeons to perform trichiasis surgery, which will benefit more than 38,000 in Busoga and Karamoja. In all endemic districts there will be behaviour change interventions, to encourage improvement in sanitation and hygiene, to reduce the spread of trachoma. Health workers in local communities will also receive tools and training to raise awareness about the surgical services available and assist those in need of treatment.
Progress so far
Uganda is making excellent progress towards the goal of significantly reducing the burden of trachoma. We began our work in Uganda by training and certifying surgeons to correct the in-turned eyelashes of people with trichiasis. So far 43 surgeons have been trained and more than 16,000 people have been treated. We have also trained 3394 case finders to locate people in need of treatment, which has helped reduce the time surgeons spend screening patients at outreach camps.