Two hundred million people still live in regions endemic for trachoma, a painful and potentially blinding eye disease. This is despite concerted international efforts to tackle the condition.
Trachoma is caused by repeated infections with the bacteria C. Trachomatis. Multiple infections lead to inflammation and the hardening of the inside of the eyelid, eventually leading to the eyelashes turning inwards. This can be extremely painful, and if left unchecked can lead to blindness through the scarring of the eye.
Stronger-SAFE is a Wellcome Trust-funded project that aims to develop and test new, more effective interventions and treatment approaches for the disease in Ethiopia. The video below outlines what Stronger-SAFE is doing in Ethiopia and how the research will benefit people there and beyond.
For more information on our trachoma research visit our research page here: https://iceh.lshtm.ac.uk/trachoma-research-projects/
For more information on Stronger-SAFE visit the project website here: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/stronger-safe