In southern Ethiopia, water is a very precious commodity indeed. However, ensuring that the local population can access clean, potable water is a priority in our work. The WHO recommended SAFE strategy for trachoma elimination places a huge emphasis on the need for clean water. Without this vital life giving resource, eliminating trachoma would be impossible.
Our staff in Ethiopia are working hard to spread the word about the importance of hand and face washing. This action ensures that trachoma infections cannot take hold. Given that trachoma is a highly infectious disease, it is vital that we spread the word about facial cleanliness.
We have been working in Dita for over seven years now and the results of providing clean water to this area are starting to become ever more obvious. We can see that children have bright, clean faces and that their eyes are free from trachoma infection. Even more amazing is the fact that their parents too are learning the importance of hand and face washing in the battle to eliminate trachoma from this densely populated region.
ORBIS is working in partnership with WaterAid to ensure that the people of this region have access to clean water. The knock on effect of providing clean water to the people of Dita is that other diseases will decline too; meaning that your support for our trachoma elimination project goes even further. Without you, our work would not be possible and on behalf of all those who will directly benefit from your support, thank you.