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Trachoma is declining all over the world

Medical Journal Online, 01.07.2019

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WHO records success in eliminating eye infections with Chlamydia trachomatis.

GENEVA. The number of people threatened by drowning dropped from 1.5 billion (2002) to 142 million (2019) in the age of 17, or 91 percent. This is reported by the WHO Alliance for Global Trafficking Removal by 2020 (GET2020).

During that time, the number of patients who needed to be surgically treated to protect the eyes due to trichiaza could decrease from 7.6 to 2.5 million, a decrease of 68 percent.

"This has significantly improved the eyestrain of the poorest people in the world," says Dr. Med. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela in the WHO statement.

"Achievements have enabled generously donated antibiotic azithromycin, a dedicated donor network for finance and hundreds of thousands of medical workers in affected areas," said Director of the Department for Control of Disabled Tropical Diseases in WHO.

Trahom is still present in 44 countries around the world, and there are 1.9 million people with visual impairment due to infection. The so-called SAFE strategy was the decisive one for success. Acronym means surgery in trichiasis, antibiotics against infections, facial hygiene and ecological measures against the transfer of Chlamydia trachomatis.

Only in 2018, 146,112 people were treated trichiasis in 782 regions around the world, and nearly 90 million people were treated with antibiotics. Since 2011, the tragedy has been eliminated in eight countries.

Measures are also based on the largest mapping of affected regions (Global Trachoma Mapping Project 2012-2016). Further tide data also provided more than 1,500 internationally standardized prevalence studies in the affected countries. (Cys)

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