Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world, with 3.6 million people in desperate need of immediate surgery. Ethiopia has been hit hard by this epidemic, with women and young children particularly vulnerable to the disease. Every touch, hug and kiss unknowingly passes on the painful and blinding infection.
But Trachoma can be stopped. With your help, CBM wants to save thousands of Ethiopian children and families from the terrible pain and blindness caused by the infection. Through surgery, sanitation and antibiotics, we can make this ancient disease history!
Make 14X the difference in the
lives of mothers and children.
"Thanks to antibiotics donated by a pharmaceutical company your gift multiplies in value to restore the sight to 14 times as many children and families suffering from Trachoma."
Babiwemba's Future Looked Bleak
After losing an eye as a baby, Babiwemba was terrified when Trachoma threatened to rob her of her sight completely.
For the Ethiopian widow, the itching, watering and eventual intense pain of Trachoma signified an uncertain future. Unable to care for herself, she felt a burden to her children and grandchildren.
Although she no longer had the active Trachoma infection, considerable damage had already been done. Her left eyelid had turned inward and every blink scratched her eyeball like sandpaper. The pain was excruciating. Babiwemba's future looked bleak until CBM-supported staff visited her remote village in Ethiopia with news that an eye clinic was nearby.
“By working together with
communities in Ethiopia,
you can be part of seeing
the children, women and
men who are suffering,
liberated from the scourge
David Lewis OAM,
CBM Focal Point for
Inclusion in Eye Health
How Trachoma Blinds
Infection – Dirty hands, tears from a crying baby or germ-carrying flies come into contact with a victim’s eye. The infection spreads primarily from children.
– The infection feels like raw cuts on the underside of the eyelid. After repeated infections, scar tissue builds up and eyelids start to turn inward.
– The inverted eyelashes scrape the eyeball like sandpaper, causing pain and damage with every blink.
– The cornea is cut and then heals, leaving opaque corneal scarring. The victim suffers permanent visual impairment.
– Permanent and irreparable loss of sight.
The pain is unbearable.
Blindness is inevitable. And it’s completely preventable.
Please give generously today to rush 14 X the value of
life-changing medication before permanent blindness sets in.
You Can Help to End Trachoma
By helping communities stop the spread of the infection, you can end the pain and blindness of this ancient disease for good. CBM has adopted the World Health Organization's approved strategy for fighting Trachoma:
Surgery – eyelid surgery to stop the blinding disease. The current backlog of individuals requiring surgery is 303,715.
Antibiotics – distributing antibiotics to treat and prevent active infection. We have Eye Camps planned for November and May to distribute antibiotics.
Face Washing – facial cleanliness to reduce transmission of the disease.
Environmental – improving access to clean water and better sanitation by constructing toilets.
Trachoma Elimination Is in Sight
Please Join Us in Prayer for Trachoma Sufferers
Now is the time to end Trachoma. This ancient disease can be eliminated for good if we work together. Like the CBM staff below, gathering at the start of a long day to pray for the needs of patients. They lift up prayer cards, joining their faith with yours and their medical skill with your generosity. Together, we can end Trachoma.
Protect 14 X more children and families
from the pain of Trachoma