RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— The ministries of health of Laos and Cambodia have eliminated trachoma as a public health problem according to a recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO). Only three trachoma endemic countries achieved elimination before Laos and Cambodia.
Trachoma is a bacterial eye infection that can cause the eyelids to scar and, ultimately, turn eyelashes inwards leading to trichiasis, the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide.
RTI leads USAID’s ENVISION project that supports 19 countries in the fight against seven NTDs, including trachoma across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
“Our sincerest congratulations to the governments of Cambodia and Laos for this remarkable accomplishment,” said Wayne Holden, Ph.D., president and CEO, RTI International.
“District by district, country by country, we continue to see the incredible progress toward the global goal for the elimination of trachoma,” said Lisa Rotondo, ENVISION Project Director at RTI. “We are proud to be among the partners supporting the ministries of health to achieve this important milestone for the people of Cambodia and Laos.”