Dr. Paul Emerson
Matt Sky with Dr. Paul Emerson
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Trachoma is the world's leading cause of preventable blindness.
The Carter Center's powerful fight against trachoma.
Once an epidemic in Europe and America, trachoma has disappeared from developed countries, but the disease is still prevalent in the poorest, most isolated places on earth. Trachoma is the world's leading cause of preventable blindness, and spreads easily from person to person, particularly in poor rural communities in need of basic hygiene, clean water, and sanitation. The infection spreads through personal contact, clothing, and flies which are attracted to people's eyes. As trachoma progresses a person's eyelashes will turn inward. This scrapes the cornea with every blink, causing damage and eventual blindness. It is a very painful and excruciating process.
The Carter Center has made enormous strides in preventing and treating trachoma and malaria. Among the organization's many efforts, there's a twice a year effort called "MALTRA" (the combination of malaria and trachoma) which mobilizes thousands of volunteers in an effort to treat the entire regional population of 20 million for trachoma with Zithromax? alongside providing rapid on the stop diagnosis and treatment for malaria. The two MALTRA weeks aim to treat both the western and eastern areas of the Amhara region of Ethiopioa. This area of Ethiopia is the most endemic state in the world's most afflicted country. Experts refer to this region as the "ground zero of trachoma." The goal is that by eliminating trachoma as a source of blindness in this incredibly difficult place, the techniques and methods applied here can be used anywhere in the world.
- To learn more about how you can help visit The Carter Center web site (www.cartercenter.org).
- Learn more about The Carter Center's efforts to fight trachoma by reading this useful overview.
- Also, stay updated with the latest by following The Carter Center on Facebook and Twitter.
For many, eyelid removal is necessary. Dr. Emerson illustrates this by having his own eyelashes plucked in this video:
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