WHO steps up efforts against trachomaBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7070.1428 (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1428
The World Health Organisation has stepped up efforts for the global eradication of trachoma, the world's leading cause of preventable blindness. The WHO has called on governments, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations to join an alliance to try to combat the disease.
Trachoma is responsible for 15% of the world's blindness. About 6 million people have been irreversibly blinded by trachoma worldwide, and an estimated 146 million cases of active disease are in need of treatment if blindness is to be prevented.
International efforts to rid …