Trachoma is a bacterial eye infection, also called granular conjunctivitis. In advanced stages, the eyelashes turn inwards, scratching the cornea and causing permanent blindness. Trachoma is caused by an organism called Chlamydia trachomatis and the infection usually first occurs in childhood. Infections can spread through the discharge from an infected child’s eye, passed on clothing, hands or by flies landing on children’s faces.
According to WHO, six million people worldwide are blind due to trachoma but it is entirely preventable with better hygiene practice. MENTOR implements Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) activities which encourage the washing of children’s hands and faces alongside improving access to clean water and proper waste disposal.