This month, QAV is sharing the story of a dedicated outreach worker called Debisa, who is protecting families in Ethiopia from the blinding eye disease, Trachoma.
Month 2 | Protecting communities from Trachoma
What is Trachoma?

  • Highly contagious bacterial infection, spread by flies.
  • Often passed on between mothers and young children, because of the close contact between them.
  • Leading cause of infectious blindness.
  • Prevalent in poor rural communities where families struggle to access clean water.
Meet Debisa!

It makes me happy to see someone protected against blindness.

Debisa is one of only two outreach workers protecting families from trachoma in the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia, East Africa. This area has one of the highest trachoma prevalence rates in the world – over half of the population have this blinding eye condition. She goes from village to village to find people living with trachoma and provide them eye drops to save their sight.

Trachoma is stealing the sight of thousands of people living in the world’s poorest communities. But there is hope.

CBM is working with partners in the world’s poorest communities to train more community outreach workers like Debisa, to identify people with trachoma and prevent them from going needlessly and irreversibly blind. Find out more.

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