Nepal Sees End in Sight for Trachoma
Nepal is on track to eliminate the eye disease by 2014, according to a recent meeting of health experts. Amy Yee reports on the country's progress against trachoma from the city of Pokhara. Paul Emerson of The Carter Center and Danny Haddad of the International Trachoma Initiative provide context and perspective, and the article highlights the work of RTI, USAID, and Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS), an eye-care non-governmental organisation in Kathmandu founded in 1978.
Over the years, Eyecare Foundation of the Netherlands, Seva Foundation and Orbis of the USA, Swiss Red Cross, Norwegian Church Aid, Christoffel Blinden Mission of Germany, and Lions International, among many others, have all supported eye care in Nepal. With their help, eye hospitals and dozens of eye centres and clinics with trained staff have been established across Nepal.