WHO validated elimination trachoma in Nepal: first country in South-East Asia

Date: May 24, 2018

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 Nepal has become the first country in south-east Asia to eliminate trachoma, world's leading cause of preventable blindness of infectious origin validated by the World Health Organisation (WHO).Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in the Himalayan nation in the 1980s. The Government of Nepal started efforts to eliminate the disease in 2002 with the establishment of a national trachoma programme.  with the establishment of a national trachoma programme. 

About Trachoma:

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Trachoma is a chronic infective disease of the eye and is the leading cause of infective blindness globally. Trachoma is a disease of poor environmental and personal hygiene and inadequate access to water and sanitation.

It affects the conjunctiva under the eyelids. Repeated infections cause scarring leading to in-turning of the eyelashes and eyelids. This further causes damage to the cornea and blindness.The infection is particularly common among children.

The disease puts more than 190 million people in 41 countries at the risk of blindness. It is responsible for the blindness or visual impairment of around 1.9 million people worldwide.