The UK Department for International Development (DfID) Kenya Head, Sarah Montgomery, joined partners and stakeholder, for a ‘celebration collaboration’ assessing the progress made to eliminate trachoma in Kenya at Nairobi’s Fairview Hotel yesterday.
Trachoma is an infectious disease caused by bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. The infection causes a roughening of the inner surface of the eyelids. This roughening can lead to pain in the eyes, breakdown of the outer surface or cornea of the eyes, and eventual blindness.
The British government have committed £50 million of support to the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s work towards helping end blinding trachoma in Kenya and a number of other Commonwealth countries.
UKaid’s work to support some of the most marginalised counties in Kenya since 2014 has benefitted over 35,000 people with sight-saving surgery and providing over 4 million antibiotic treatments.