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Double Your Gift: Help Eliminate Blinding Trachoma in Mali and Niger

Trachoma is the world's leading cause of preventable blindness and threatens 157 million people worldwide. The infectious eye disease causes terrible pain, stigma, and disability, and keeps communities stuck in a cycle of poverty. Women and children are at greatest risk.

Trachoma is both preventable and treatable, which means a person's eyesight can be saved before it is too late. Using proven and low-cost methods, The Carter Center and partners have eliminated 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.

For #GivingTuesday this Dec. 3, Give Twice the Eyesight

Give today to double your impact! From now through February 2020, your gift to fight blinding trachoma in Mali and Niger will be matched – dollar for dollar, up to $5.1 million – by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Your gift will support simple eyelid surgeries to avert permanent blindness and provide access to critical antibiotics, latrines, and health education.

Progress in the Fight Against Blinding Trachoma

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 sanitary latrines for trachoma prevention and training for over 500 new masons to build more 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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The Carter Center thanks The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for making this match possible. Visit the Hilton Foundation's website.

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