Global Progress Update – 2018

Since it started work in 2014, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative has been a significant force in the elimination of trachoma across 12 Commonwealth countries.

 

Distribution of antibiotic treatments over the past year, particularly with the expansion of work in Nigeria and Zambia, has meant the total number of people treated with one or more doses of the antibiotic Zithromax®, has now reached over 14.57 million people, with over 20.7 million doses having been distributed to date, to prevent the spread of infection.

 

Alongside distributing antibiotics, The Initiative has performed 76,000 surgeries to ease the pain and potentially save the sight of people with the most advanced form of trachoma.

 

We are also training local health workers to build skills and strengthen national health services for the long-term. To date, we have provided nearly 200 sessions to train, retrain and certify trachoma surgeons and trained 38,900 case finders who travel from house to house to find people who are suffering from trachoma and ensure that they receive the treatment they need.

 

We are proud of the considerable progress that has been made to end trachoma in the last four years. For example, before the work of the Trust’s Trachoma Initiative began, 8 million people in Malawi were at risk of losing their sight to trachoma. Now there are none.

 

The Trust was delighted that at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2018, where governments committed to eliminate trachoma by 2020, further boosting efforts to  free the Commonwealth of this cruel, painful disease.

 

The global figures to March 2018 are shown in the infographic below.

76,000

People operated on to correct their in-turned eyelashes

198

Surgeons trained and certified to perform sight-saving operations

38,957

Case Finders trained and mobilised to locate people in need of treatment

20.7 million

Antibiotic treatments distributed to people living in high-risk areas across Africa and the Pacific

50,000

Students in Kenya taught about the importance of face washing

277

Teachers and parents taught about the importance of facial cleanliness

Our Partners

The initiative is being delivered by the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, in association with the partners below.

The End Fund logo.
Lions logo.