Key trachoma facts and statistics

ICTC strongly encourages its members and all trachoma stakeholders to use these figures for consistency of messaging.

  • Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness and one of 20 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect over one billion of the world’s poorest people - Source: WHO
  • 9 countries have been validated as having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem (Oman 2012, Morocco 2016, Cambodia 2017, Lao People’s Democratic Republic 2017, Mexico 2017, Ghana 2018, Nepal 2018, the Islamic Republic of Iran 2018, China 2019) - Source: WHO GET2020 Database
  • 42 countries are known to require interventions for trachoma. Source: WHO GET2020 Database
  • 9 countries may require interventions; investigation needed (Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Libya, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, Somalia, Venezuala) - Source: WHO Global Health Observatory 
  • Trachoma is responsible for the visual impairment or blindness of about 1.9 million people 
  • 201 districts within 11 countries are described as insecure. Global elimination will be reliant on ensuring hard to reach and at-risk populations including refugees, internally displaced peoples and indigenous and nomadic populations are a focus for securing continued national, regional and global progress - Source: GET2020 database as at 17 April 2018
  • Ethiopia is making significant gains in scaling up the SAFE strategy. However, as the global trachoma map shrinks, Ethiopia will carry a larger proportion of the global burden - Source: GET2020 database as at 17 April 2018

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