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Title: The elimination of blinding trachoma in Ghana through improving access to water and latrines
Authors: Aboe, Agatha
Bush, Simon
Faal, H.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © WEDC, Loughborough University
Citation: ABOE, A. ... et al, 2011. The elimination of blinding trachoma in Ghana through improving access to water and latrines. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). The future of water, sanitation and hygiene in low-income countries - Innovation, adaptation and engagement in a changing world: Proceedings of the 35th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 6-8 July 2011, 4pp.
Abstract: The cause of trachoma is Chlamydia trachomatis, but its main determinant is poverty. especially low water and latrine coverage. The trachoma global control programme strategy is S.A.F.E.: Surgery and Antibiotics – medical interventions; Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement – social interventions. Over a ten year period, 2000-2010, the Ghana Trachoma Control Programme has reduced the prevalence of trachoma from 9.7-16.1% to less than 2.8% in endemic districts. Through increased water coverage from a low 6.67% to a high 96.3%, and latrine coverage from a low 1% to a high 30.8% at district level as part of a comprehensive SAFE strategy, Ghana is set to achieve the elimination of blinding trachoma, the first sub-Saharan country to do so. The strong collaboration between the health, education and WATSAN sectors within the National Trachoma Taskforce has demonstrated how a disease of poverty can be successfully eliminated and contributions made to the MDGs.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/29184
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