Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness
Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated.
The infection causes sores to develop on the underside of the eyelid. The sores turn into scars that pull the eyelid inward – causing the lashes to scrape against the eyeball and cut the cornea. This causes opaque scarring which results in irreversible blindness.
In parts of Ethiopia, 50% of the population will contract this devastating disease.
We must ACT NOW to prevent children like Zewdie from going blind.
Without medical care, children like Zewdie will lose their sight forever.
Trachoma CAN be eliminated!
By using the S.A.F.E. strategy, together we can stop trachoma in its tracks
In the advanced stage of the disease, eyelashes turn inward and cut the cornea. Surgery corrects the eyelid to stop the pain and prevent permanent damage.
Sight-saving medication kills the bacteria and treats the infection. Pfizer has donated antiobiotics. Now, it’s up to us to get it to the children who need it.
Washing faces with clean water is an effective way to get rid of germs and prevent infection from taking hold.
Improved sanitation, including latrines and clean water, can dramatically decrease the rate of infection, eventually leading to the eradication of trachoma.
Save 8 TIMES as many kids from blindness
Pfizer Inc. has donated the antibiotics needed to treat trachoma. Every dollar you give will multiply 8 TIMES in value to protect children from the pain and blindness of trachoma.