US, UK agencies join forces to map blinding disease

US, UK agencies join forces to map blinding disease

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UK: The US and UK development agencies are combining resources to map the blinding disease as a first step towards total eradication. Mapping is a critical first step in determining where prevention activities, distribution of medicines, and surgery are needed. RTI International, through the USAid-funded Envision project, and Sightsavers, through the DfID-funded global trachoma mapping project, are working together to respond to this need for mapping.

The goal of the global trachoma mapping project is to survey more than 1,200 districts in 34 countries where trachoma is suspected to be endemic, to identify where people are living at risk of blindness from the neglected tropical disease.This year, Mozambique became the first country where USAaid and DfID have come together to support trachoma mapping.As implementing partners, RTI and Sightsavers share skills and resources to ensure that Mozambique”s national directorate of public health has access to the best training, systems and methodologies and processes available and to ensure that 110 districts are mapped to the highest quality.

Source: The Guardian