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Final programme figures from Africa show significant progress...

28 October 2019

End of programme statistics from the seven African countries being supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative show the programme has had...more

The Trust and Sightsavers join forces at the...

6 June 2019

Visitors to the Science Museum got to grips with the inner workings of trachoma elimination last week when the Trust joined forces with Sightsavers for...more

A lasting legacy: The Trust and UK Aid...

8 May 2019

This year marks the successful culmination of two major trachoma elimination programmes in Africa: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative and the UK...more

Significant steps forward in Nigeria as Trachoma Initiative...

18 April 2019

Efforts to free Nigeria of trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness, have made significant progress thanks to all those involved in The Queen...more

Women on the frontline of trachoma elimination

8 March 2019

Trachoma is four times more likely to affect women than men. But females across the Commonwealth are using their expertise to fight back. This International...more

Millions of people no longer at risk

5 February 2019

Millions of people across Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia are now no longer at risk of losing their eyesight from trachoma.more

Towards 2020 and beyond

29 January 2019

The last push towards elimination: The Trust’s Trachoma Initiative enters its final yearmore

Universal Health Coverage

12 December 2018

On International Universal Health Coverage Day 2018, we are celebrating the 76,000 people who have accessed surgery and the 14.5 million people who have accessed...more

World Toilet Day

9 November 2018

For World Toilet Day 2018, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative is adding its voice to the global campaign for everyone to have...more

World Sight Day: Eye care for everyone, everywhere

11 October 2018

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative is marking World Sight Day 2018 by celebrating the remarkable progress that is being made to end...more

World Water Week 2018: How water is vital...

29 August 2018

To mark World Water Week, we’re looking at the crucial role water plays in helping to eliminate this painful, blinding disease.more

One step closer: Ghana celebrates the elimination of...

7 August 2018

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee congratulates the Ghana Health Service and all of the organisations involved in elimination efforts in the country.more

Global Disability Summit: Leaving no one behind

24 July 2018

Today, the UK government is hosting its first Global Disability Summit with the International Disability Alliance and the government of Kenya to galvanise global efforts...more

Free eye examinations for older people in Uganda

7 June 2018

A new initiative to check older people for eye health problems has been launched with the help of the Ugandan government.more

Crossing African borders to fight trachoma: no one...

25 May 2018

To mark Africa Day on 25 May, Sightsavers Uganda country director Dr Johnson Ngorok discusses his work treating the nomadic Ateker population.more

UK government announces boost to trachoma elimination efforts...

19 April 2018

This week, as the 2018 Commonwealth Summit began, the Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP announced a new £20...more

International Women’s Day 2018: women at the forefront...

8 March 2018

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust) is marking International Women’s Day by celebrating women like Esther Anyango from Uganda who is helping to...more

Lord Chartres, former Bishop of London, congratulates Uganda...

5 March 2018

The Right Rev and Right Hon Lord Richard Chartres KCVO, Trustee of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and former Bishop of London, recently visited...more

Professor Stephen Hawking leads global celebrations to mark...

12 December 2017

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has joined Professor Stephen Hawking, Sightsavers and a global community of organisations to celebrate the delivery of one billion...more

Preventing trachoma in Uganda through handwashing: insights from...

13 October 2017

To mark Global Handwashing Day, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is highlighting the importance of handwashing not only to eliminate trachoma, but also to...more

World Water Week 2017: The importance of water...

1 September 2017

As this year’s World Water Week draws to a close, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust highlights how access to clean water and good hygiene...more

Trust expands reach, both online and in the...

16 August 2017

In the third year of its Trachoma Initiative in Africa, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is expanding its efforts towards eliminating trachoma in Zambia...more

More than 10 million people protected against trachoma

14 July 2017

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has successfully treated 10.9 million people with medication to stop the spread of trachoma.more

Trust’s Trachoma Initiative in Uganda expands to 14...

12 July 2017

Celebrations recently took place in Uganda to mark the significant progress made towards eliminating blinding trachoma.more

Malawi district no longer at risk from trachoma

5 July 2017

The Kasungu district in central Malawi has reached the World Health Organization (WHO) elimination thresholds for trachoma.more

Trust’s trachoma elimination programme makes significant progress

25 June 2017

Now in its third year, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust's Trachoma Initiative has continued to make extensive progress.more

Lifelike dummies help eye surgeons hone their skills

6 June 2017

Not long ago, surgeons in developing countries often practised eye operations on oranges, and many progressed from operating on orange rinds straight to live patients.more

Staff share stories of meeting Countess of Wessex

11 May 2017

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO visited Malawi in March to see how The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is fighting trachoma.more

An ingenious way to promote facial cleanliness

10 May 2017

A new way of encouraging mothers to wash their children’s faces has been launched in Kenya, using printed fabric to explain that hygiene prevents disease.more

“My wife persuaded me to have the operation”

20 April 2017

Tangasi Bwanakoo, aged 75, is a former village chairman in Tanzania who was forced to resign because of the pain in his eyes.more

Treating the hardest to reach: reaching the final...

10 April 2017

Rosi Jack, Communications Manager for CBM UK, reports on a recent visit to Uganda, where she met the team reaching the final cases of people...more

World Health Day highlights the importance of access...

6 April 2017

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is joining organisations around the globe to mark World Health Day and highlight international health issues.more

The Countess of Wessex to visit Trust programmes...

6 March 2017

On the occasion of Commonwealth Week Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, will visit...more

Continuing success - surgery and refusals

25 January 2017

The Trust's Trachoma Initiative has now managed over 60,000 cases of trachoma trichiasis in six countries.more

Latest progress shows Trust Trachoma Initiative brings trachoma...

6 January 2017

“My only message to the Queen is thank you. I am now able to see and do many more things.”more

GET2020 wins the International Agency for the Prevention...

3 November 2016

The Trust is delighted that its partner the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by the year 2020 (GET2020) has received  a Global...more

World Sight Day 2016 celebrations

15 October 2016

Partners working to eliminate trachoma in Uganda came together on 13th October to celebrate World Sight Day in Nakapiripirit District in Northern Uganda.more

Getting WASH on the timetable

1 August 2016

Trachoma prevention is set to be included in the school curriculum in Tanzania, where international health charity Simavi, is to pilot a programme of behavioural...more

'Tropical Data' launches

1 August 2016

On the 20th July 2016, Tropical Data, a World Health Organization (WHO)-led initiative was launched.more

Tanzanian government convenes global partners working to eliminate...

28 July 2016

Today (27 July 2016), the United Republic of Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and...more

Event marks progress of partners working together to...

10 May 2016

The Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative are jointly hosting an event on the 10 May 2016...more

GET2020 Conference (Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020)

26 April 2016

From 26-28 April, Sydney is hosting the annual meeting of GET2020 (Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020), the first time the meeting has been held...more

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen!

21 April 2016

...from everyone at the Trust & our partners across the Commonwealth!more

International Women’s Day

8 March 2016

Loving her neighbourmore

World Sight Day: 8th October 2015

9 October 2015

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is pleased to support World Sight Day on 8th October 2015, an international day of awareness to focus global...more

Making transport easier

9 October 2015

For many people affected by Trachoma who need surgery, access to required health services is not only an obstacle from a financial perspective but also...more

Solomon Islands Undertakes Nation-Wide MDA Distribution

7 October 2015

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has undertaken a nation-wide MDA distribution, as part of the WHO SAFE strategy.more

MDA Planning Workshop in Fiji

7 October 2015

Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services Organises MDA Planning Workshopmore

Fiji Hosts The Annual PacEYES Conference 2015

7 October 2015

In June, the Fiji-based Pacific Eye Institute (PEI) hosted the annual PacEYES conference – the premier conference on eye health in the region.more

Trachoma Tri-State Forum

7 October 2015

A tri-state forum was held, in which stakeholders from key trachoma-endemic communities came together and discussed how an effective community-controlled, Aboriginal-led consultation process will work.more

New Chairman Appointed to Australia Trachoma Alliance

7 October 2015

Former Governor General, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffrey, Chair of the Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia, has been appointed Chairman of the Australia Trachoma Alliance.more

All in a Day’s Work for Rex

3 October 2015

As an ophthalmic clinical officer (OCO), Rex Bwanausi is a lynchpin in the fight against preventable blindness in Malawi.more

Bringing Treatment to the Regions

2 October 2015

For Alice, trachoma trichiasis has meant the loss of her independence. Unable to cook, farm, or do her own housework, she has relied on the...more

East Africa Meeting

2 October 2015

The first annual meeting of the East Africa Trachoma/NTD Cross-Border Partnership was held July 29-30, 2015 at the Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos, Kenya.more

Outreach Vehicles Bring Eye Care Professionals Door to...

1 October 2015

When the nearest health centre is two days walk away, it’s not surprising that most of the inhabitants of Nasal village rarely seek medical attention.more

Trachoma Outreach Camps Targeting Uganda’s Poorest Communities

20 September 2015

Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. 6 million people have lost their sight to Trachoma. If it is not effectively treated, the...more

NTD Program Strengthens Disease Surveillance

20 September 2015

NTD surveillance introduced to all health facilities in Vanuatu.more

The Power of Song

3 July 2015

Children in Uganda are spreading the word about how to avoid trachoma infection – tunefully.more