Trachoma, a bacterial infection of the eye which can cause blindness affects many people in impoverished regions. It is most common in children. However, there is an antibiotic available costing just 10 cents, that is effective in preventing the disease.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Two million people currently live in the region of Gamo Gofa (Derashe and Konso) in southern Ethiopia where approximately 34,000 people are suffering with the chronic, painful and blinding eye disease, trachoma. Without treatment, this disease, which often starts in childhood, progresses and robs its victims of their sight and their livelihoods.
How will this project solve this problem?
In the coming months ORBIS plans to distribute the antibiotic, Zithromax, to over half a million people from this region. The antibiotic will treat the active trachoma infection and prevent the disease from further transmission.
Potential Long Term Impact
This antibiotic, kindly donated by Pfizer, will be distributed annually for between three and five years will enable the society to attain freedom from trachoma and allow the next generation to grow up free from the threat of blindness
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,693
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,693 . The original project funding goal was $2,922.