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Special Match: Help Eliminate Blinding Trachoma in Mali and Niger

Mother holds her child who is receiving and eye exam.

Trachoma is the world's leading cause of infectious blindness. It is a bacterial disease and causes terrible, ongoing pain, stigma, and disability, reinforcing cycles of poverty and hindering long-term development.

Of the 157 million people at risk for trachoma, most are children, and women are almost twice as likely as men to develop the advanced stage of trachoma that causes blindness.

Your support today can help eliminate blinding trachoma in Mali and Niger.

Using proven and low-cost methods, the Center and its partners helped eliminate blinding trachoma in Ghana. Now, Mali and Niger are on the verge of this same success, and we need your help to complete our goal.

When you make a gift, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will match it, up to a total of $5.1 million through February 2020.

So please double your gift now on behalf of the people of Mali and Niger. Your gift will be used for eyelid operations to avoid permanent blindness, as well as access to latrines, antibiotics, and health education.

Progress to Date

Last year, donors like you helped The Carter Center facilitate:

  • 5,327 sight-saving surgeries, 58 percent of which were performed on women, who are almost twice as likely as men to go blind from the disease
  • Ongoing health education in more than 650 villages in Mali and Niger, and over 1,400 schools in Niger, which are now using revised health education curriculum to help children learn more about trachoma and its prevention
  • Nearly 1,000 people trained to support ongoing health education activities in their communities
  • The broadcast of over 45,000 radio messages on trachoma and how to prevent the spread of the disease
  • The construction of more than 18,000 latrines for trachoma prevention and training for over 500 new masons to continue the construction of latrines in their communities

Thank you for helping some of the world’s poorest people to escape this terrible disease and ensuing blindness.

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Hajan Hassan
Hajan Hassan, 88, awaits eyelid surgery at a Carter Center camp in Dorum, Niger. Learn More >

Conrad Hilton Foundation 

The Carter Center thanks The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for making this match possible. Visit the Hilton Foundation's website.

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