World Sight Day, celebrated annually on the second Thursday of October, brings global awareness to vision impairment and blindness. According to the WHO, at least 1 billion people have some form of preventable vision impairment. Cataracts and refractive errors are the leading causes of blindness; infectious diseases of the eye, including trachoma and onchocerciasis, lead to devastating disabilities in countries endemic for neglected tropical diseases. Trachoma, a preventable bacterial infection, is the leading infectious cause of blindness and affects over 2 million people worldwide.
In honor of World Sight Day, Leslie Sorensen (NTD-Support Center) recently sat down with Dr. Esmael Habtamu, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Director of Eyu-Ethiopia, a Non-governmental Eye Care Research, Training and Service Centre, to discuss his exceptional career fighting blinding trachoma in Ethiopia
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