Sightsavers

Kenya, July 2009

Trachoma is a potentially blinding eye infection, found worldwide. Eradicated in developed countries, it remains a major health problem in many parts of the world.

It is endemic in many areas of Kenya’s Rift Valley and Eastern provinces, and is closely linked to the high levels of poverty found throughout these areas and lack of access to water that allows people to wash their hands and faces regularly.

Sightsavers are tackling the disease by teaching people simple hygiene methods to prevent getting the disease as well as by providing antibiotics and minor surgery to treat it.

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  • Lester Moitai teaches village women about the SAFE strategy, that helps to prevent trachoma. Kate Holt.
  • Lente Orumoi, 45 years old and who underwent Trachoma Surgery last year, poses for a photograph. Kate Holt.
  • School children perform educational dances about Trachoma and how to prevent. Kate Holt.
  • A pupil demonstrates the use of a leaky tin to wash their hands and face. Kate Holt.
  • Mary Toire, 35 years old, is given her antibiotic treatment to help prevent Trachoma. Kate Holt.
  • Trachoma monitor, Jeremiah Ntors Sankaire examines the eyes of one year old Ezekhiel Lemayian. Kate Holt.
  • Mooltetiein Salaash, 65 years old, waits to have her bandages removed after undergoing Trachoma Surgery. Kate Holt.
  • Mooltetiein Salaash, 65 years old, has her bandages removed by Lester Moitai, a trachoma monitor. Kate Holt.
  • Mooltetiein Salaash, 65 stands outside her home after having her bandages removed. Kate Holt.
  • 50 year old Seteiy Makoi from Emaarit Town sits on the ground awaiting an operation for her trachoma. Kate Holt.
  • Mooltetiein Salaash, 65 years old, holds out the homemade tweezers that she has been using. Kate Holt.
  • 50 year old Seleiya Makoi From Emaari town, has her eyesight tested at the Orinie Dispensary. Kate Holt.
  • Opthalmic Clinical officer, John Soine and his assistant Dixon, prepare to undertake trachoma surgery. Kate Holt.
  • Opthalmic Clinical officer, John Soine and his assistant Dixon, undertake trachoma surgery. Kate Holt.
  • Simineti, who is two years old, is held by his mother on their homestead in Oldonyo. Kate Holt.
  • Antibiotics that help to prevent trachoma are measured out at a mass treatment centre. Kate Holt.
  • Kodogo Salaash, 40 years old, and who has undergone successful Trachoma Surgery, and her 12 year old son. Kate Holt.
  • 50 year old Seteiya Makoi has her bandages removed by Lester Moitai, a trachoma monitor. Kate Holt.
  • Lasoi Marangwai, 40 years old, and from the village of Koora, makes traditional Maasai Beadwork. Kate Holt.
  • Lente Orumoi, 45 years old and who underwent Trachoma Surgery last year. Kate Holt.