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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. The infectious eye disease causes terrible pain, disability, and stigma, 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 its 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.

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.
  • Health education in more than 650 villages in Mali and Niger, and over 1,400 schools in Niger.
  • 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 of over 500 new masons to build more latrines in the future.

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

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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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