Together supporters like you treated 4,126,022 people in 2016 with Azithromycin for trachoma.

“I am feeling much better already.” Dinknesh said shyly. “I am so thankful for what has been done for me.

Dinknesh, a 38-year-old wife and mother of three children, developed repeated trachoma infections.

The scratching on her inturned eyelids and lashes was incredibly painful. So, Dinknesh, (like so many others in her village) found it less painful to pull out her eyelashes. Then someone like you paid for the operation for her right eye. “I did not expect to receive healthcare for free. I am very happy! I know somebody paid for my surgery. May God bless them!” And the good news only continues! Now the left eye is ready to be operated on as well! Four days after her surgery she returned to the clinic. Her eyelashes aren’t scratching, there’s no more pain and the eye is healing well.

WHAT IS TRACHOMA?

Trachoma is an infectious disease. The bacteria that causes trachoma can be spread through poor sanitation, crowded living areas, dirty water and toilets. But, it can also be spread through the clothing of an infected person, or by flies that have come in contact with an infected person’s eyes or nose.

SYMPTOMS

The infection causes the inner surface of the eyelids to become rough, and the eyelashes scrape against the eye. This causes pain and eventual blindness if left untreated.

TREATMENT

Antibiotics to control the infection, and surgery, if necessary, to correct the eyelids. Education and access to clean water are also essential.

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