Online Medical Journal, 01.07.2019
The WHO reports success in eliminating eye infections with Chlamydia trachomatis.
GENEVA. The number of people threatened by trachoma has risen from 1.5 billion (2002) to 142 million (2019) in the space of 17 years, or 91%. This is reported by the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020).
Meanwhile, the number of patients scheduled for trichiasis eye protection surgery could be reduced from 7.6 to 2.5 million, a decrease of 68%.
"This has dramatically improved the eye health of the world's poorest people," says Dr. med. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela in a statement from the WHO.
"Achievements have been made possible by the antibiotic azithromycin, a network of donors committed for funding and hundreds of thousands of medical workers in the affected areas," said the director of the Department of Tropical Disease Control neglected WHO.
Trachoma is still present in 44 countries and 1.9 million people are visually impaired due to infection. The so-called SAFE strategy has been decisive for success. The acronym stands for surgery in trichiasis, antibiotics against infections, facial hygiene and environmental measures against the transmission of Chlamydia trachomatis.
In 2018 alone, 146,112 people were treated with trichiasis in 782 regions of the world and nearly 90 million people were treated with antibiotics. Since 2011, trachoma has been eliminated in eight countries.
The measures are also based on the larger mapping of regions affected by infections (World Trachoma Mapping Project 2012-2016). Additional data from the tropics have also resulted in more than 1,500 internationally standardized prevalence surveys in affected countries. (Cis)
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