The Maasai move to eliminate trachoma

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 21 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1781
  1. Sam Crowe
  1. Kampala

    With little more than old paint tins, string, coloured beads, and a topical antibiotic, a health project for nomads has managed to all but eliminate trachoma among the Maasai of southern Kenya.

    Trachoma is the leading cause of blindness in communities like the Maasai, who inhabit areas where water for washing the face and keeping the eyes free of infection is scarce. When the project began in 1985, 65% of the population were infected with Chlamydia trachomatis. By …

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