Sightsavers, an international non-governmental organization, is back in the news again. This particular organization has been around since the 1950s, and it has helped millions of people throughout the years. Sightsavers has just reached an unprecedented achievement in the West African nation of Ghana. Living in such poor and underprivileged conditions certainly has its setbacks. The people of Ghana has been known to suffer with an infectious-eye disease that’s known as trachoma. This particular disease starts out as an eye infection and if left untreated, the infection can cause blindness. The eyelashes tend to turn in an inward motion and every time a person blinks his/her eye, the eyelids will scrape against the eye.
This medical condition is very painful as it scars the eye overtime. Sightsavers is one of the most progressive organizations in the world, and it has been a part of over 379,000 projects. The numbers are very staggering when being viewed on paper. Trachoma is very infectious as it can spread via clothing, handshaking and bedding. This medical illness comes from poor sanitation and a lack of clean water. Flies are the main carrier of the disease and there are literally millions of flies that thrive under these dyer conditions. In most cases, women and children tend to get this disease more so than men. Many African nations suffer with trachoma, but Ghana ranks at the top of the list. Sightsavers has been working in Africa since 1954, and it has been able to provide high-quality surgeries and antibiotics.
Donations play a huge role in the success of this program. Pfizer, a global leader in pharmaceuticals, has donated Zithromax tablets to effectively treat the disease. As you can see, the fight against trachoma is ongoing, but there are much brighter days ahead for the people of Ghana.