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Trachoma Basics

Trachoma is an infectious eye disease caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. This disease is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. All Trachoma cases are both curable and preventable, and never have to reach blinding stages. In 2016, the WHO stated that this bacterial infection was responsible for blindness or severe visual impairments in over 1.9 million people worldwide, yet this is merely the tip of the iceberg. An additional 5 million people require surgery due to the infection, and the WHO determined that the disease is endemic in 41 nations with over 190 million people at risk of being infected. This disease has detrimental effects on people’s quality of life as blindness and pain severely impacts daily living.