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New website shows distribution of blinding trachoma

26 May 2011

Posted by: Edith Certain - Editorial Team

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A global coalition that fights to control a blinding disease called trachoma launched a website today that shows where international development organizations support national Ministries of Health in implementing the SAFE strategy. SAFE – endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) – is an innovative public health approach that combines trachoma treatment (Surgery and Antibiotics) with prevention (Facial-cleanliness and Environmental improvement).

The International Coalition of Trachoma Control (ICTC) website is at http://www.trachomacoalition.org. Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness. The ICTC includes partners who are committed to supporting trachoma- endemic countries reach the goal of elimination of blinding trachoma by the year 2020, said Dr. Paul Emerson, director of the Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program and chair of the ICTC.

(International Trachoma Initiative: Elizabeth Kurylo: +404-592-1420; ekurylo@taskforce.org)

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