In 2014, to mark its tenth anniversary and celebrate some of the outstanding achievements of the trachoma community, ICTC announced the ICTC MacCallan Medal.
Dr Wondu Alemayehu, trachoma expert and passionate advocate, was awarded the ICTC MacCallan Medal for his efforts to support trachoma elimination scale up in his home country of Ethiopia.
Wondu received his award at the annual meeting of the NTD NGO Network (NNN) in Paris in September to a well-deserved standing ovation and a huge round of applause. He is pictured here, along with ICTC Chair Martin Kollmann (to his left) and Michael MacCallan (to his right).
Through this significant achievement award, ICTC aims to support current and future efforts by showcasing what can be done to accelerate progress towards the GET2020 Alliance goal of eliminating trachoma as a public health problem globally by the year 2020.
The medal is named after Arthur Ferguson MacCallan, an ophthalmologist who undertook pioneering work in Egypt between 1903 and 1923, establishing both mobile and permanent ophthalmic hospitals throughout the country. He developed the MacCallan Classification of Trachoma, the first grading system used to standardize diagnosis in field surveys and research studies. Arthur was an early contributor to the fight against trachoma. Many of his observations are as relevant today as they were at the turn of the twentieth century and there is much to learn from his early achievements. ICTC is grateful to the MacCallan family for supporting this award in Arthur MacCallan’s name.
Many thanks go to ICTC members CBM, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Helen Keller International, the International Trachoma Initiative and Sightsavers for sponsoring the award.
Download Dr Wondu Alemayehu's acceptance speech (PDF 188Kb)
Find out more about Arthur MacCallan's pioneering work in Egypt:
Download the presentation given by Michael MacCallan at the ICTC meeting in Paris in September 2014 (PPT 3Mb)
Download a synopsis of Light out of deep darkness, the Arthur MacCallan biography (PDF 700Kb)