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Trachoma is one of the commonest causes of blindness worldwide. It is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis which spreads through contact with eye discharge from an infected person and through flies. The infection can scare the inside of the eyelid so severely that it turns inward and the lashes rub on the eye and damage the cornea. Trachoma affects about 84 million people, of whom about 8 million are visually impaired.
2 Jun 2010
When interventions are planned, insufficient thought is given as to whether the poorest and most vulnerable members of society will benefit, according to the findings of a new review of the evidence. The reviewers call for more research to assess which infectious disease programmes benefit the poor and to identify the mechanisms that determine “pro-poor effectiveness”.
2 Dec 2009
TropIKA.net discusses some encuraging recent research findings on the world’s biggest infectious cause of blindness.
28 Feb 2011
If health surveillance systems are strengthened and mapping is used to identify “hotspots", then elimination is possible of lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, rabies, trachoma, and soil-transmitted parasites.
24 Feb 2011
Efforts to control and eliminate trachoma will be assisted by the launch of a map showing the distribution and prevalence of the disease.
24 Feb 2011
The latest G-FINDER report says that funding for basic scientific research has increased but finances available for product development have fallen. How can funders determine where the greatest needs lie and work more closely together?
15 May 2009
21 Jan 2011
Researchers claim to have shown that “vertical” disease control programmes distort national policies and erode countries’ ability to provide basic care.
10 Dec 2010
A study in Cameroon has demonstrated that the antibiotic azithromycin, usually given orally, can also be effective in the form of eye drops.
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