Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. It has blinded or visually impaired around 1.9 million people worldwide. Blindness from trachoma is irreversible. The infection that causes trachoma spreads through personal contact (via hands, clothes or bedding) and by flies that have been in contact with discharge from the eyes or nose of an infected person.
New WHO data shows that the number of people at risk of trachoma has fallen from 1.5 billion in 2002 to just over 142 million in 2019, a reduction of 91%. The number of people requiring surgery for the late, blinding stage of trachoma – has decreased from 7.6 million in 2002 to 2.5 million in 2019, a reduction of 68%.