Through the SAFE Project in Tanzania led by Sightsavers International, IMA World Health works with government authorities at all levels, health facilities and the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) to address the neglected tropical disease (NTD) trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. The project is funded by various donors including the Hilton Foundation and was historically funded by DFID/FCDO.
IMA World Health implements the project per the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines based on four strategies to combat blinding trachoma: Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness, and Environmental improvement. The SAFE Project facilitates trachomatous trichiasis (TT) surgery and covers five regions targeting 17 endemic districts with a population of more than 3.4 million and over 11,812 backlogged TT cases in Mtwara, Pwani, Kagera, Simiyu and Rukwa.
In addition to supporting the surgeries to address those backlogged TT cases, IMA World Health will train 28 surgeons to perform TT surgery, 153 eye care workers to assist in TT surgeries, and 365 ward and community-level leaders and 4,870+ finders/ hygiene counsellors in 1,740 villages to raise awareness about the importance of facial cleanliness and sanitation to prevent trachoma.
Learn more: SAFE