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Global Trachoma Mapping Project Atlas Will Help Achieve Disease Elimination

The Economist: Now is the time to say “goodbye”
“…The [Global Trachoma Mapping Project] atlas’s publication brings encouraging news. Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda had much lower levels of trachoma than expected. Laos and Cambodia, unsurveyed since the 1960s, turned out to be virtually free of it. And, for those places that are infected, the full force of antibiotic-distribution and face-washing education programs can now be brought to bear. The World Health Organization aspires to eliminate trachoma as a public health risk by 2020, leaving only sporadic cases that local doctors can clear up. That sounds ambitious. But knowing where to concentrate fire certainly helps” (2/27).

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