Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. The disease is spread through close personal contact and causes eyelids to turn inward and lashes to scratch the cornea, often leading slowly and painfully to complete loss of sight. It’s a disease that preys on the impoverished – those without enough clean water or decent sanitation – and children are particularly vulnerable to it.
Pfizer, the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) and the World Health Organization-led Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET 2020) are working together to eliminate this devastating disease. Pfizer, through ITI, has distributed over 600 million doses of an antibiotic used to treat trachoma and GET 2020 partners have treated more than 100 million people suffering from the disease.
Watch the below film, Tackling Trachoma, to see the heavy toll trachoma is taking on some of the world’s poorest populations, and how a global humanitarian effort is making progress toward eliminating it.
When it comes to tackling blinding trachoma, we believe every individual deserves to live the healthiest life possible.