Lessons From Tracking Trachoma

The Global Trachoma Mapping Project accomplished a logistical feat in surveying the global prevalence of the disease—the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. Its successes offer a blueprint for other public health initiatives, write Sarah Bartlett and colleagues.

The public-private consortium—the largest infectious disease survey ever undertaken—united 60 partners and spanned 29 countries. How did it succeed? One, by rallying around a shared goal: to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem by 2020 by way of the SAFE strategy (surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness and environmental improvement); and by employing an evidence-based common approach.

Oxford International Health

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