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Al Jazeera Profiles Ethiopia Trachoma 'Health Heroes'

Ethiopia's pioneering efforts to eliminate blinding trachoma, in partnership with The Carter Center, Lions Clubs International Foundation, and others, are featured in the documentary series "Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health," which will be broadcast outside the United States on Al Jazeera English. The series also will highlight the Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program in South Sudan and the River Blindness Elimination Program in Uganda.

Below are some excerpts featuring Carter Center and local Ethiopian health workers as they seek to get rid of this painful and debilitating disease from one of the most trachoma-endemic regions in the world.

Editor's note: The videos below contain graphic footage of eye surgeries which may be disturbing to some viewers.

Trachoma: The End is in Sight (Part 1)
What is causing hundreds of thousands of people to go blind in Ethiopia?

Trachoma: Infectious but Preventable
How SAFE interventions (Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness, and Environmental improvement)
can stop the disease from spreading.

Dasash Hasen: 'I Want to Finish It'
A newly-trained, 21-year-old nurse performs sight-saving eye surgeries for trachoma patients
in Ethiopia.

Related Resources

Read more about the Carter Center's Trachoma Control Program
Learn more about Al Jazeera's "Lifelines" series

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