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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 190 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.

Progress to Date

Thanks to thousands of donors, just like you, we have raised $6.44 million, which the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation generously doubled. As a result, Mali and Niger have made significant progress toward their current elimination target of 2018.

Now, to achieve the completion of this important project, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has pledged to match another $5.1 million through February 2020. Please make a gift today and it will be doubled 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.

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

  • 6,831 sight-saving surgeries, 60 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 8,000 villages in Mali and Niger
  • A revised health education curriculum in primary schools in Niger, to help children learn more about trachoma and its prevention
  • The construction of more than 15,000 latrines for trachoma prevention

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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