Trust expands reach, both online and in the field

16 August 2017

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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 and Nigeria and is supporting innovative ways of teaching more people about trachoma.

Free online course

With the support of the Trust and other partners, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have designed a free online course aimed at people who are managing trachoma programmes. The five-week ‘Eliminating trachoma: SAFE Strategy’ course aims to inform and support those who are implementing the programmes at both a district and community level.

The course offers managers a chance to hear from experts and explore their successes and challenges as they work towards eliminating trachoma.

More than 2,700 people from across the world have signed up to complete the course, which has run twice since November 2016, with further dates to be confirmed.

A graphic of the map of Africa with text over it: Free online coutse. Eliminating Trachoma. Discover how communities and experts are joining together to end trachoma disease across 51 endemic countries by the year 2020.

Find out more about the Eliminating trachoma: SAFE Strategy course.

Expansion in Nigeria and Zambia

The Trust has expanded its trachoma elimination programmes in both Nigeria and Zambia.

In Nigeria, the Initiative will carry out further mass drug administration – the careful distribution of antibiotics to an entire population of an area at risk of trachoma infection – along with mapping surveys to chart the prevalence of trachoma. The Trust will also support national efforts to treat all people living with advanced stages of the disease.

The Trust has also helped to carry out research to track the prevalence of trachoma in Zambia, enabling it to identify areas in which to expand the trachoma elimination programme. It is hoped the increased effort will lead to full elimination of trachoma as a public health problem by 2019.

Photo credit: Sightsavers/Graeme Robertson 2016