2001-07-0323 Years
Developing Communities

Collaborative Efforts to Eliminate Blinding Trachoma: Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global” and The Carter Centre, Join Forces for a Visionary Mission

Alwaleed Philanthropies supports healing from granular ophthalmia initiative (Trachoma)

Amhara region, Ethiopia


2001 - 2024

Total Beneficiaries
  • 797,082 Surgeries
  • 214,585,839 Antibiotics
2023 Beneficiaries
  • 50,944 Surgeries
  • 4,487,347 Antibiotics
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A Step Towards Eliminating Infectious Blindness

Trachoma, a preventable and treatable eye infection, continues to be the leading cause of infectious blindness worldwide. With an estimated 125 million individuals residing in areas endemic for trachoma, the risk of vision loss looms over their lives. However, concerted efforts are being made by organizations such as The Carter Center in partnership with the Alwaleed Philanthropies "Global" to address this public health challenge head-on, with a specific focus on the Amhara region in Ethiopia.

Aiming for Eradication

The primary objective of the collaboration between The Carter Center, the Alwaleed Philanthropies ”Global”, and the Amhara Regional Health Bureau (ARHB) is to eliminate blinding trachoma as a public health problem. This ambitious endeavor encompasses several key interventions, including surgical procedures, antibiotic distribution, promotion of facial cleanliness, and environmental improvements.

In a concerted effort to accelerate the eradication of Trachoma, a debilitating eye disease, the implementation of the SAFE strategy remains paramount. This comprehensive approach addresses the multifaceted aspects of the disease, focusing on Surgery to correct advanced cases, Antibiotics to treat active infections, Facial cleanliness to prevent transmission, and Environmental Improvement to mitigate the conditions conducive to the disease's spread. By adopting this strategy, communities afflicted by Trachoma can effectively combat the disease, ultimately leading to its eradication and the safeguarding of vision and overall health for generations to come.

Making a Difference in Ethiopia

The project, which commenced in 2001 and is set to continue until 2024, aims to make a lasting impact on the lives of the people in the Amhara region.

Reaching Those in Need

Since the project's initiation, a significant number of individuals have received vital surgical interventions. To date, a remarkable total of 797,082 people have undergone surgery for trachoma-related visual impairment. In 2023 alone, 50,944 trichiasis (TT) surgeries were performed.

The Power of Medication

A critical component of trachoma control is the distribution of antibiotics to affected communities. In 2023, a staggering 4,487,347 doses of antibiotics were distributed across the Amhara region. This concerted effort has not only treated active trachoma infections but also played a crucial role in preventing the progression of the disease.

Promoting Hygiene and Education

Another vital aspect of the project involves promoting facial cleanliness and improving hygiene practices. Ongoing health education has been provided in 3,871 kebeles (villages) and over 8,700 schools throughout the Amhara region. This support has empowered more than 19,000 teachers and school principals with the knowledge and tools to educate their communities about the importance of proper hygiene practices, thereby contributing to sustained behavior change.

Looking Ahead

As the project moves forward, there is renewed hope for the eradication of blinding trachoma in the Amhara region. Through strategic partnerships, dedicated healthcare professionals, and the unwavering commitment of organizations like The Carter Center and the Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global”, progress is being made towards a future where trachoma is no longer a public health threat. By working together, we can ensure that millions of individuals are protected from the devastating consequences of trachoma and given the opportunity to enjoy a life of vision and dignity.


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