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(Eliminating Trachoma In Ethiopia)
Kendra Miller, Brennen Jaquint, Bryan Erspamer, Katie Dzedzie



Neglected Tropical Disease (Polack et al., 2005; International Trachoma Initiative [ITI], 2012). Preventable (Polack et al., 2005; ITI, 2012). Blindness (Polack et al., 2005; ITI, 2012). Caused by Chlamydia trachomatis (BIO Ventures for Global Health [BVGH], 2013). Multiple forms of transmission (Despommier et al., 2004; ITI, 2012). Composed of 5 stages

Trachomatous Follicular inflammation (TF) and Trachomatous Intense inflammation (TI) Trachomatous Scarring (TS)

Trachomatous Trichiasis (TT)

Corneal Opacity (CO)

(BVGH, 2013; WHO, 2013b)


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The most endemic country (ICTC, 2011) Up to 75.6 million people at risk (ITI, 2012; Smith et al.,

1 million people have trichiasis (ITI, 2012; Smith et al., 2013) Almost 140,000 people blind (Carter Center, 2013) Elimination has been set for 2020 (ITI, 2012)

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Living conditions are poor and unhealthy
et al 211-215)
(Berhane, Worku, and

No means of proper human waste disposal Poor bathing habits Lack of clean water Women twice as likely to develop trichiasis than men
(International Trachoma initiative, 2012)

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries per GDP in the world
211 out of 229 in the world
(The World Factbook)

Nearly 85% of GDP comes from agriculture

(The World Factbook)

Nearly 10% of persons yearly income can be used on treatment of a loved one
(Burton and Mabey)

As of 2011 over $430,000,000 has been spent on trachoma interventions

(ICTC, 2011)

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Water Shortage


-Overcrowded Households

-Poor Hygiene Conditions

Prevalent throughout known written history
(Mabey and Bailey)

A common disease in Europe well into the 20 th century

(Al-Rifai 9-14)

Immigrants checked at Ellis Island upon arrival to U.S.

(Mabey, and Bailey)

Has been eradicated from almost all developed countries

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Children's health is the main concern of the government due to high numbers of child mortality (Trachoma control program, 2013) Government commitment to the MGDs (Admasu, D.K.M.O.H. 2013, January) Invited WHO to work on the problem, government works with the Global Alliance to Eliminate Blinding Trachoma by 2020
(Haddard, D. 2010)

Government asked for help from The Carter Center (Trachoma control


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Studies were completed on the Chlamydia Trachomati s bacteria itself (Despommier et al., 2004) Found that the infection was strongly correlated with a lack of facial cleanliness, presence of nasal discharge, living in crowded spaces, lack of proper waste disposal and child care Transmitted by flies which seek mucous secretions from the eyes and nose and spread from person to person (Despommier et al., 2004) Created insecticide intervention which proved to decrease fly population and new cases of trachoma but due to cost it isnt used much (Despommier et al., 2004)

In 1997, the World Health Organization (WHO) formed the Alliance for Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020) (Polack et al., 2005) International Trachoma Initiative (ITI, 2012) Non-governmental organizations (NGOs ) (BVGH, 2013) The Carter Center (Carter Center, 2013) Bilateral and multilateral governmental agencies (WHO, 2013a) United States Agency for International Development Australian Government Overseas Aid Program Lions Club International Foundation Volunteer, Education, Water and Sanitation programs (Hamilton and Veleman, 2013;
WHO, 2013a)

BTRP (Despommier et al., 2004)

Ethiopian surgeons provide 40 surgeries a day (Carter Center, 2013)

Currently only at 50% desired goals

Taping or removing eyelashes (BVGH,

2013; WHO, 2013a)

New strategies are needed (BVGH, 2013; ICTC,

2011; WHO, 2013a)

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(ITI, 2012)


Most are donated by drug companies Distributions are determined by the Trachoma Expert Committee
(Despommier et al)

Most common are Zithromax and Tetracycline

Topical, oral and intraocular

Treatment rates are nearly 80% in some areas
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Facial cleanliness to prevent trachoma Stops the spread Proper hygiene and sanitation is mediated in public spaces, villages, community health centers and schools (Carter Center, 2013)
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The main goal of these changes is to reduce transmission by contact and by decreasing the fly population. Changes include access to water, cleaning clothes and home surfaces, building and using latrines, moving domestic animals out of villages, and even use of insecticides. Can be done in an inexpensive manner. (Despommier et al., 2004; Hamilton and Veleman, 2013)

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The malaria and trachoma (MALTRA) program, takes place during two weeks of the year, intensely promoting SAFE strategy and malaria prevention through the use of thousands of local, regional, and national volunteers that travel by foot to provide information, antibiotics, testing, and other treatments via door to door visits (Carter Center, 2013). This capacity building program provides locals with knowledge and tools to help themselves, leading to empowerment.

Vaccine Six studies are being currently being conducted worldwide to create a vaccine, so far mixed results have been recorded. (BVGH, 2013) Insecticide

Chemical control with sprays is possible and known to be effective for controlling flies. Spraying requires specialist equipment, training, and planning to be effective. (Frost, 2010)


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