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Helping Women Fight Trachoma in Ethiopia

March 2019

We recently celebrated our 20th anniversary working in Ethiopia. For the past two decades, we've been part of the international consortium leading the global effort to eliminate blinding trachoma, an infectious disease that disproportionately affects women.

Women are two-to-four times more likely to be affected by blinding trachoma than men. In collaboration with our local partners, we have provided approximately 150,000 trachoma-related surgeries, of which 70% were performed on women and girls.

Orbis Ethiopia also works with Health Extension Workers and the Health Development Army who are dedicated members of their communities who spread health education messages - particularly around the World Health Organization's SAFE approach to help prevent infection.

Many Health Extension Workers and Health Development Army personnel are women and can speak with mothers, children and entire households to share important information around prevention, as well as help distribute antibiotics which help prevent trachoma.

Female Health Extension Workers are helping tackle the spread of trachoma in their communities

We are dedicated to the fight to eliminate trachoma and are committed to utilizing a gender-focused campaign to ensure those who are most at risk and affected - women and children - are prioritized.