The region to the south-west of Ethiopia, with a population of 17 million inhabitants, suffers a lack of drinkable water and has a precarious medical environment, which are major factors contributing to the high rate of trachoma, the second biggest cause of blindness in the country. The region also suffers from a shortage of appropriate treatments for this eye disease.
The L’OCCITANE Foundation and L’OCCITANE Italy have supported CBM Italia Onlus since 2018 with a view to eliminating trachoma by 2020 in the districts of de Sodo, Lanfuro and Dalocha in Ethiopia. The goal is to prevent the infection that causes blindness in the long term and to offer treatment services to those who are already infected by trachoma, thanks to the implementation of the S.A.F.E strategy proposed by the WHO.
The goal of the "Ethiopia - Trachoma SAFE" project is to establish healthcare and drinking water systems and to provide appropriate prevention services and treatments for trachoma. Antibiotics are distributed to treat the initial stage of the illness. Prevention takes place in particular though the raising of awareness with regard to facial and body hygiene. Finally, the project offers surgical procedures to patients at risk of becoming blind.
The objective of this project is to educate and provide appropriate care to 116,047 patients. The construction of sanitary and drinking water systems significantly reduces the predisposing factors for trachoma.
Project supported since 2018
L'OCCITANE has been supporting the CBM project to eliminate trachoma by 2020 in the districts of Sodo, Lanfuro and Dalocha in Ethiopia since 2018. The objective is to prevent the infection that causes blindness in the long term and to provide care services to those who are already infected with trachoma through the implementation of the S.A.F.E. strategy proposed by the WHO.
Ansha is a married mother. She contracted trachoma and the disease has already reached an advanced stage, trichiasis. She was on the path to becoming irreversibly blind and worried that she would not be able to look after her children and help her husband in the fields. Ansha, in spite of her fear of surgery, decided to join an awareness-raising campaign organistd by CBM in her village. There she was examined by the nurses and then immediately operated on in the health centre. Thanks to the intervention by CBM, Ansha is no longer at risk of becoming blind and can finally return to the activity that she loves the most, taking care of her children and her family.