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2014-05-22

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - Project for defeating forms of avoidable blindness affecting millions of Ethiopians

Milan (Agenzia Fides) - Trachoma is one of the most common visual disorders in Africa and, if not treated timely, leads to permanent blindness. Ethiopia is one of the African countries with the highest incidence of people with eye diseases. Out of a population of 75 million people, nearly 1 million Ethiopians are affected by blindness and 4 million are visually impaired. The populous Amhara region is the most affected by blindness. There are 300 million blind people due to trachoma, an infectious disease spread mainly among children. To try to limit the phenomenon, the Italian NGO CBM, whose purpose is to combat forms of avoidable blindness and physical and mental disabilities in developing countries, has decided to intensify the prevention and treatment of this infectious disease by continuing in the control Program and eradication of SAFE trachoma (Surgery - Antibiotics -Facial cleaning - Environmental change) in accordance with the World Health Organization.
On May 23, in Bahir Dar, CBM Italy along with ORDA Ethiopian partners, will inaugurate a new phase of the three-year project to combat trachoma in areas most in need: Dessie Zuria and Raya Kobo. In a statement sent to Fides Agency the Director of CBM Italy Onlus declares that "the goal, over the next three years, is to treat 3000 patients (1,800 with medical treatment, 1,200 with surgical operations), build about 110 wells and to ensure 22 thousand people access to drinking water". In a year CBM assists 41 million people in the poorest countries in the world. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 22/05/2014)

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