Preventing avoidable sight loss from blinding trachoma and cataract.
The impact of visual impairment on quality of life is particularly acute for vulnerable populations in developing countries. It can lead to increased social and economic dependency, reduced life expectancy, and an additional barrier to opportunities in education and employment, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. To address this issue, the Avoidable Blindness program consists of three initiative areas: 1) contributing to the global fight to eliminate trachoma by 2020; 2) increasing access to high-quality cataract surgery; and 3) strengthening the eye healthcare sector in these targeted intervention areas.Read more about our approach
- WHO Launches the World Report on Vision International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness | October 2019
- Gender perspective of eye health in Inhambane, Mozambique International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness | July 2019
- $105 Million Pledged for Efforts to Eliminate Trachoma Philanthropy News Digest | December 2018
The Virtue of Patience in Philanthropy: Progress in the Fight Against Blinding TrachomaRead more
Partner International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organization to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities.
Resource Trachoma Atlas
The Trachoma Atlas is a joint project between a variety of partners including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the International Trachoma Initiative at The Task Force for Global Health, and The Carter Center, to address the need for up-to-date and publicly accessible maps of trachoma distribution through consolidating data from a number of sources.
Partner International Trachoma Initiative
The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) collaborates with governmental and nongovernmental agencies at the local, national and international levels to implement the WHO-recommended SAFE strategy for trachoma control (Surgery; Antibiotics; Facial cleanliness; and Environmental improvement).
Partner The International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC)
Multi-stakeholder membership of non‐governmental, donor, private sector and academic organizations working together to support the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020 Alliance).