Key trachoma facts and statistics

Data to inform these messages are derived from the GET2020 database and the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Review annual updates on trachoma. ICTC strongly encourages its membership and all trachoma stakeholders to utilize these figures for consistency of messaging.

  • Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness and one of 20 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect over one billion of the world’s poorest people - Source: WHO

  • 13 countries have been validated by WHO as having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem (Cambodia, China, The Gambia, Ghana, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Togo) - Source: WHO GET2020 database 

  • 7 countries may require interventions but in which the necessary investigations in suspected trachoma-endemic areas have not yet been completed (Angola, Botswana, Libya, Micronesia, Namibia, Somalia, Venezuela) – Source: WHO GET2020 database 

  • The estimated number of individuals with trachomatous trichiasis, the late blinding stage of trachoma, reduced by 76% from 7.6 million in 2002 to 1.8 million in 2022. Source: WHO GET2020 database 

  • Nigeria, which holds 4% of the global burden of trachoma, has reduced its at risk population from 21.8 million in 2016 to 5.08 million people in 2021 - Source: WHO GET2020 database 

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