The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.
The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) is Africa’s largest International Health NGO. Founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa to provide critical health care to remote communities in East Africa, AMREF’s vision is for “lasting health change in Africa”. With a focus on women and children, AMREF works with the most vulnerable African communities to achieve lasting health change and implements the full SAFE strategy for trachoma control.
Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) is a Malawian charitable organisation with the mission of contributing to the prevention and control of blindness in Malawi and neighbouring countries in the Southern part of Africa, with a particular interest in trachoma. The strength of BICO lies in conducting operational research in Trachoma which includes Trachoma mapping and impact surveys. BICO is involved as an implementing partner in a multicentre Trachoma study exploring child mortality reduction after MDA with Zithromax.
CARE’s mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. It seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. CARE believes that women are central to helping their families and communities to overcome poverty and places them at the center of its work.
CBM is an international Christian disability and development organization, transforming the lives of people with disabilities in low-income communities.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) is dedicated to protecting health and saving lives. CCP uses strategic behavior change, knowledge management, advocacy, capacity building and research and evaluation to achieve these goals.
Emory University is a research university with a focus on global health including patient care, education of health professionals, research addressing health and illness and health policies for prevention and treatment of disease. Emory University's mission is to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity. The Emory Eye Center has intiated the Emory Global Vision Initiative. With this initiative, the Center will be collaborating closely with partners inside and outside Emory University to develop programs and provide technical assistance on global health, including trachoma.
Eyes of the World trains local doctors and contributes to technical knowledge; conducts eye health campaigns about hygiene and early detection of disease; provides medical equipment and material to healthcare centers; contributes to the improvement of management systems and procedures for eye health; and raises public awareness about the lack of ophthalmological services in the poorest countries
Heart to Heart Foundation, headquartered in South Korea, aims to end avoidable blindness by establishing sustainable eye healthcare system. The foundation is committed to the global effort to eliminate blinding trachoma through innovative approaches to comply with SAFE strategy endorsed by WHO, especially F & E components for building sustainable prevention system and collaboration through partnership.
Helen Keller International (HKI) is known for sustainability, reliability, efficiency, and the highest level of technical expertise in preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition. HKI is headquartered in New York City, and has programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States.
IMA World Health’s (IMA) programs focus on disease elimination, care and treatment primarily through health system strengthening. IMA works in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, India, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, and Togo.
The IAPB’s first major achievement was to promote the establishment of a WHO program for the prevention of blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.
ITI collaborates with governmental and nongovernmental agencies at the local, national and international levels to implement the WHO-recommended SAFE strategy.
KCCO provides assistance through programs, training, and research in the following countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Madagascar, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, and DRC (partnership with The Carter Center for research in Mali and Niger).
The Kongwa Trachoma Project was started in 1986 in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University to document the burden of disease, and it has since been the field site for studies of trachoma, including the development of diagnostics, immunological studies, and clinical trials of face washing, fly control, and azithromycin use in communities.
Following a human rights based approach, Light for the World targets persons with disabilities living in poverty, and is committed to promoting eye health, rehabilitation, inclusive education, and an accessible and inclusive development co-operation.
SightFirst, in partnership with The Carter Center, is helping to control trachoma with more than 57 million Zithromax® treatments, training surgeons, building latrines and providing surgeries.
Live & Learn’s network of locally registered NGO’s across the Pacific and South-East Asia works to educate, mobilise, and support local communities to move towards a sustainable and equitable world free from poverty. Live & Learn aims to address trachoma particularly through our water, sanitation, and hygiene work and partnerships with the health sector.
The mission of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.
Magrabi Foundation is the leading private foundation in the area of eye care in Egypt. Founded in 1992 by Dr Akef El-Maghraby, Chairman of the Magrabi Medical Group, Magrabi Foundation is a charitable non-governmental organization dedicated to combating needless blindness, and to supporting eye care services for deprived communities in Africa, particularly in Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Noor Dubai Foundation is a UAE based charity with a vision of a world free from avoidable forms of blindness. It focuses on the prevention of blindness and visual impairment globally. One of the strategic focus of the Foundation is control of eye related NTDs especially trachoma.
The Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité works to support the prevention of blindness in developing countries. OPC's activities include prevention and treatment of ocular morbidity and in France OPC also collaborates with rehabilitative centers for people with low vision. OPC provides technical and financial support to many Francophone countries around the world, including combating onchocerciasis and trachoma and providing cataract surgery and primary care.
Founded in Canada in 1963 with the mission, “For All The World To See,” Operation Eyesight invests in eye care and community development programs in Kenya, Zambia, Ghana and India. Our successful trachoma intervention programs in Kenya and Zambia utilize the full SAFE strategy.
ORBIS has worked in 87 countries, enhanced the skills of over 262,000 health care personnel and helped establish services that have provided quality eye care treatment to more than 12.5 million people.
RTI International currently supports trachoma elimination in 12 countries - Benin, Cameroon, Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. For more information, go to
Trachoma is a 'fast track initiative' at Sightsavers. The plan aims, over the next 10 years, to expand trachoma work to 21 endemic countries.
As part of its neglected disease prevention work, The Carter Center seeks to eliminate blinding trachoma. In partnership with Lions Clubs International Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Pfizer Inc, International Trachoma Initiative, and ministries of health, the Center helps implement the SAFE strategy—surgery, antibiotics, face and hand washing, and environmental hygiene.
The Fred Hollows Foundation is an independent international non-government development organisation established in Australia in 1992. We provide technical and financial support to partners to overcome avoidable blindness everywhere. We focus on strengthening health systems and local capacity to prevent and treat cataract, refractive error, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific. We are committed to the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 through the WHO endorsed SAFE strategy.
The Kirby Institute is located at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and is one of Australia’s leading research centres focusing on the prevention, treatment and pathogenesis of infectious disease. Established in 1986 as part of the Australian Government’s response to the then emerging HIV epidemic, the Kirby Institute is now funded through multiple sources and contributes to knowledge on a broad range of diseases, including viral hepatitis, sexually transmissible infections and neglected tropical diseases. Its work is conducted in Australia and internationally through partnerships with researchers, governments and communities.
The University of Melbourne has launched the Indigenous Eye Health Program to tackle eye health issues in Australia's indigenous communities. The program is spearheaded by Professor Hugh Taylor AC, a world leader in trachoma research who says the blinding eye disease can be eliminated through concerted efforts.
The University of North Carolina (UNC) is a public research university located in North Carolina in the United States. UNC's mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with expertise in patient care, research and education.
WaterAid’s work with ICTC aims to utilize our expertise for the full implementation of the SAFE strategy, and to bring on board the collaboration of the water and sanitation sector.
The Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, part of the Wilmer Eye Institute, is a joint collaboration of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Bloomberg School of Public Health. Established in 1979, the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology is dedicated to improving knowledge of risk factors for ocular disease and public health approaches to the prevention of these diseases and their ensuing visual impairment and blindness worldwide. The activities of the Dana Center include Fellowship Training, Faculty Research, and International Research and Training.
Children are the most vulnerable members of any community, so World Vision activities are designed to have maximum benefit for them. This means improving the lives of children by dealing with the causes of their suffering, not just the symptoms.
Founded by missionaries in 1885, Yonsei University Severance Hospital has a longest history among modern medical institutions in South Korea. In 2013, its Division of Preventive Ophthalmology as part of Department of Ophthalmology launched a comprehensive blindness prevention program in Malawi with an aim of improving access to quality eye health services for the visual impaired, particularly those in the most marginalized areas. Severance Hospital works in partnership with other member organizations of ICTC and the Government in utilizing innovative solutions such as the Mobile Blindness Prevention Center and mHealth applications for effective and efficient service delivery.

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