The SAFE strategy - trachoma prevention and treatment

ICTC is committed to implementing the WHO-endorsed SAFE strategy, which consists of multiple interventions to target various routes of transmission, as well as treating infection and its disabling effects. The strategy consists of:

  • Surgery to correct trichiasis
  • Antibiotics for C. trachomatis infection
  • Facial cleanliness to reduce transmission
  • Environmental improvement to reduce risk of transmission and infection. SAFE strategy

Through the work of national governments, implementing partners, and a host of agencies (governmental and non-governmental) at the national and local levels, the implementation of the SAFE strategy has led to measurable results in the elimination of trachoma and improved the quality of life for millions of people.

For example:

  • Morocco, Mexico and Oman have all successfully eliminated trachoma as a public health problem
  • Cambodia, China, Gambia, Ghana, People's Republic of Iran, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar have all reported achieving elimination targets

The impact of the SAFE strategy reaches far beyond the elimination of blinding trachoma. The SAFE strategy addresses broader poverty and development issues, resulting in improved quality of life for millions of people in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Reducing trachoma and blindness caused by trachoma breaks a cycle of poverty by preserving the ability of individuals to work and provide for their families, as well as increasing children’s school attendance.